Vidraru Dam, Wallachia, Romania
> When finished it was in TOP 10 in the world.
> It is 166m tall and the lake is also huge.
> It is one of the most famous buildings of Ceausescu.
The dam's construction took 5 and a half years. It required 42km of subterranean tunnels, excavation of 1,7 million cubic meters of hard rocks, out of which approximatively 1 million had to be extracted from underground, almost 1 million cubic meters of concrete, out of which half was underground. When completed, it ranked 5th in Europe, and 9th in the world.
Vidraru Dam was built in 1965, during Ceausescu regime, on the Arges River. It is an arch dam built on a foundation of rock, and it was built to produce hydroelectricity. Its construction created a reservoir, Lake Vidraru. The dam's height is 166 meters, the arch length 305 meters, water accumulation volume 465 million cubic meters, the reservoir has a total shoreline (perimeter) length of 28km. Situated between mountains, the lake collects several rivers; the total surface of the lake is almost 4 sq km, and 10 km in length.