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Painted monasteries from BUCOVINA

Travel log – Round trip to the painted monasteries of Bucovina
Travel period: 6 days / 5 nights

The passenger’s travel diary catches the moment when, as if from nowhere, the beauty of faith reveals itself. This represents the faith in good, beautiful, in truth and in the travels that the soul occasionally needs be fulfilled.
In terms of sightseeings, Bucovina creates expectations – which the travel to the painted monasteries of Bucovina entirely fulfill. Here, beauty softens with fascination for the creator. The blue of these places is unique in the world. And silence loses its everyday pressure, becoming relief.


Day 1

Transport from the Otopeni Airport, departure to Piatra Neamt, accommodation in Piatra Neamt at a 3 stars hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast, departure to Suceava, on the way the tourist visits the monasteries Neamt, Varatec and Dragomirna, accommodation in Suceava at a 3 stars hotel.

Touristic sites visited that day:

Neamt Monastery

In such a rich nature, being surrounded by secular woods, in the foothills - here rises the oldest monastery of Moldavia, Neamt Monastery. Built by Petru I Musat, the monastery is one of the symbols of the fifteenth century. It is solid, great, made in the purest Moldavian architectural style created by Stephen the Great. Inevitably, eyes are drawn by the Gothic windows, friezes of glazed discs colored in green, yellow, brown.

Varatec Monastery

The Moldavian style is caught in its purest form when the daughter of a priest from Iasi, in 1785, builds Varatec Monastery. As it stands now, the church was painted only decades later, when was started the collection of Gospels, icons, manuscripts, vestments, tapestries – the exhibition managing to support now impressive elements. Today, most of the nuns work in silence, in the workshops for carpets and fabrics for religious objects and clothes.

Dragomirna Monastery

Placed between the soft hills of Bucovina, Dragomirna stands out as a tree in time, between fortress walls. This temple of worship, through the elegance and solidity of form, its age, the original style, through its picturesque image, inevitably arouses admiration. The uniqueness of forms and style drew an early attention of the specialists, who have invariably pointed out the originality and beauty of this place. The monastery is built to cope with higher heights, in search of more light near the forest, reflected in the water of the nearby lake – all of this, to leave a memorable impression in the visitor’s soul.

Day 3

Breakfast, departure to Gura Humorului, on the way tourists visit the monasteries Arbore, Moldovita, Sucevita, Humor, accommodation in Gura Humorului at 3 or 4 stars hotel.

Touristic sites visited that day:

Arbore Monastery

In 1503, Luca Arbore - boyar and "keeper" of Suceava during Stephen the Great - built a veritable paradise at his courtyard in the village that today bears his name. Although the boyar court was destroyed in a fire more than over 200 years ago, the simple church dedicated to St. John the Baptist was mentained. Here, the architectural innovations reveal a great balance of proportions, an unique reunion between beauty and history.

Moldovita Monastery

About the glorious past of the Moldovita Monastery it is spoken in most local legends. One of the oldest monastic settlements, the monastery is watching for centuries the northern border of Moldavia. If the origins of this monastery remain enshrouded in the darkness of time, tradition situates its creations since the time of Musat princes who protected it. With the magical appearance of a small fortress, surrounded by walls and defensive towers, the monastery is now included in the UNESCO World Patrimony.

Sucevita Monastery

The monument is founded by the great boyar families, teachers and even rulers of Moldavia and the Romanian Country in the centuries XVI-XVII, Movilesti family. And although it is built in the style of Moldavian architecture, the monastery borrows a little from the style of the old wooden churches in Moldavia. Impressive are the two small open porches located on the south and north side, which by excellence "Wallachian", represent a clear echo of the Romanian Country architecture.

Humor Monastery

One of the most famous foundations of the Romanian Medieval Age, Humor Monastery is renowned for its beautiful exterior paintings, decorated with original elements of Moldavian style. The Byzantine frescoes of the churches Humor, Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita and Arbore are unique in the Orthodox world. Among them, the exterior frescoes from Humor were painted by Toma Zugravul in 1535 - and complete the most impressive series of foundations in northern Romania.

Day 4

Breakfast, departure to Brasov, on the way tourists visit the monastery Voronet, Bicaz Gorges, accommodation in Brasov at 3, 4 or 5 stars hotel.

Touristic sites visited that day:

Voronet Monastery

"A specific way of combing Byzantine and Gothic elements"; "brilliant ingenuity of style", "Originality and novelty. Absolute Beauty "- these are just some words of admiration which Voronet visitors have left behind, after a few hours spent in the church’s paradise. Voronet Monastery was built in 1488, thus the interior painting bears the seal of Sthepen the Great artistic afe: that sober, focused, full of grandeur style, reducing the the point the images and phrases. We notice the image "Jesus Christ-emperor of the world", "Last Supper", "Sharing the bread of the apostles, "Sharing of wine","Washing of the feet". By far the largest composition of the exterior walls of the church is "The Judgment Day" - assessed for dramatic intensity, richness of imagination, elements of local reinterpretation, colored harmonies where dominate the metallic blue and the golden tones.

Bicaz Gorge

From picturesque to impressive – the switch is made at Bicaz Gorge, located in the central part of Hasmas Mountains, north-eastern Romania. Geographically, the gorge was formed by the river Bicaz and "connects" Moldavia with Transylvania in an area of natural beauty, yet intuitively appreciated starting from the National Park Cheile Bicazului- Hasmas.

The Red Lake

The largest natural mountain lake in Romania. When one of the flanks of Ghilcos Mounatin broke, in 1837, an extremely big natural dam lake was formed, but mostly - impressive with its genesis, independent of the human beings.

Brasov City Tour

From the alley recognized at European level, the Rope’s Street, and up to the tragedy of the biggest Gothic monument in Romania – the Black Church, the curiosities of Brasov write each day a legend. The modern combines with history, once mingled with the old style of buildings and streets. The Gothic, the Roman, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Art Nouveau, Brancoveanu styles - are all present in the fortress’, churches’, cathedrals’ and the gates’ walls, which Brasov harmoniously hosts.
Spring in the town’s square, Piata Sfatului, is fresh, and in autumn the air is colorful. Winters are magical and summers are intimate. Here, where chance is met with grace, the citizen’s life slowly flows among the cameras and the admiring gaze of tourists. Because the silence over the city watches upon the local legends and makes any other stories to be redundant.
The Black Church in Brasov - The Black Church built downtown, is one of the most impressive monuments in the history of Transylvanian Saxons - and the organ is famous for its unique sonority in Southeastern Europe. Moreover, D. von Oppen artistically described the first impression - very strong – that the Black Church leaves upon the tourist, appreciating that “the visitor is entirely drawn through the columns’ alley to the altar. His eye is follows the heights ... ".

Day 5

Breakfast, departure to Bran, visit to the Bran Castle, follows Sinaia to visit Peles Castle, accommodation in Brasov at 3, 4 or 5 stars hotel.

Touristic sites visited that day:

Bran Castle

The structure is typical for the XIV century fortifications, but nothing else follows norms when it comes to Bran Castle! Located in Bran – Rucar Step, 30 km from the urban influence of Brasov, the castle includes in its interior and exterior facades architectural elements from different historical ages of inspiration.

Peles Castle

After the King’s death, tourists were allowed to visit Peles Castle Museum. And the honor is, indeed, for the visitor: because, starting with the garden, patio and the castle’s exterior and until the paintings and decorations of the impressive rooms - Peles Castle rises up and rewards the expectations. Only inside there are 160 rooms decorated in various architectural styles (German, English, Italian Renaissance, German Baroque, Hispano-Moorish, French Rococo).

Day 6

Breakfast. Departure from Brasov to Otopeni Airport.
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