The Mounds from Șona, Brașov

Oddities rising from the earth

Where are they, when to visit them?

The mounds from Șona are found near the village of Șona, Brașov county. From the city of Fagaras it is 10 km by road to them, with a travel time of 20 minutes. 20 minutes for 10 km? Should there be an unpaved county road? We follow DJ104D, which passes by the entrance to the Fagaras Citadel, crosses the city belt, then the Olt river, passes through the very poor neighborhood of Fagaras above Olt, where it turns right onto DC66, which runs parallel to the banks of the Olt. We were crossing the village of Şona and …. the asphalt ends. From here the road is called DC21A and it would be about 1.5 km and 8 minutes, says waze! Indeed, a dirt road begins, but it seems approachable with care. But where from! Unexpectedly, it becomes a corner full of protruding dry pieces of dry earth as hard as a stone and I decide to stop the car somewhere near the road, which was not an easy maneuver. From the city of Braţov, it is 80 km by road in 1.5 hours via DN1, then according to the description above. Access is free and possible at any time.

About the Șona mounds

In principle, it is not known what is the matter with these earthen pyramids raised like this from nothing on a slightly undulating terrain. I read from sources on the net, from an article in Adevarul, some assumptions. The villagers call these mounds guruieti, which means mounds of earth. I met a wagoner on the way back and asked him what he knew about the mounds? The man appreciated that they would be at least from before the world wars and that there would be hidden treasures in their wombs. Bang bang! Who knows? He also said that there are other Guruieti in the area, taller than those from Sona, but no one knows about them, only the locals. Some would be in the locality to which the cart road apparently led, the village of Halmeag. The fairly detailed terrain map from which I am documenting does not highlight any “peaks” there as it appears in Sona next to the visited mounds.

Another hypothesis is that there would be some tumuli, which hide the graves of Scythian or Celtic leaders, from the time when these peoples crossed these places. Archaeologists found ceramic fragments from the Late Bronze Age and the Hallstatt period in the open site around the mounds.

A legend, which I think has a kernel of truth, says that these mounds come from the time of the Dacians. They would hide treasures. That’s why they haunted here and who else but treasure hunters. On the side, the guts of a mound, you can see signs of digging covered by vegetation. For triangle followers, there is also the fear that these mounds are part of the Dacian magic triangles, which include the Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa Regia, the Dacian fortress Piatra Rosie, the sanctuary of Racos, the temple of Sinca Veche and the peak of Omu in Bucegi.

Other legends talk about the yellow earth in the body of the mounds, others that they were built by giants and that they hide their graves.

1. Şona – the mounds from Şona

At the end of the short slope, where we parked, you need to pay attention to your orientation, because a secondary road splits off to the right next to a wooden sign that says “mounds – 500 m“, the path you must follow. After the indicator, that is, after that short slope, the road becomes accessible again, even if it is a dirt road that crosses a wide meadow, slightly uphill. To be fair, I was unlucky with the impassable road on the day of my visit, because I heard other acquaintances who were able to advance by car to the objective. I made a little movement with my step, I admired the flowers on the meadows and I approached the mounds. You can’t go wrong from the moment these formations appear on the horizon.

purple crocus

indicator spre movile

2. The pyramids (mounds) from Șona

These mounds are 7 in number. They have altitudes between 496 and 528 meters. I climbed the one that seemed the highest to me, then seeing on the map that it was the one with an altitude of 527 meters and the one next to it was 1 meter higher! Does not matter! Access to the mounds is allowed and possible. The climb itself, the highest on the vertical axis, measures 16 meters from the saddle between them, that is, from where you climb almost vertically. In order not to exaggerate, climb a slope with an inclination of 45-60 degrees. He climbs carefully, the path is made. Then see how you go down! From the hills there is a wide perspective with the meanders of Olt and especially with the unmistakable and imperial crest of the Fagaras Mountains.

the mounds from Șona

piramidele de la Șona

steep path

a mound is 10 m high


If you like oddities like these, and you are in the Brasov – Fagaras area, come and see the Șona mounds. I liked this deviation at Șona, but it is part of my way of finding curious natural or artificial forms. This tourist attraction is a destination that can disappoint, if you don’t have the urge to see some dumb oddities of the earth.

Visit the city of Brasov and the fortress of Făgăraş.

All the best!