Romania

  • Romania Horezu Region - The Rooster of Hurez

    Seller present in the Fair of Folk Pottery
  • Romania Horezu Region - Horezu

    Folkloric dance
  • Romania Horezu Region - Băile Olăneşti Spa Resort

    The Wooden Church of “Saint Pantelimon” (1746)
  • Romania Horezu Region - Costeşti

    Buila-Vânturariţa National Park
  • Romania Horezu Region - Costeşti, village of Bistriţa

    Arnota Monastery (1634)
  • Romania Monasteries in Bucovina - Arbore monastery

    Perhaps a tour of Bucovina's Painted Monasteries should begin here. After all, the highlight of the small Arbore church is a scene from Genesis, which adorns the western wall. The only church in the region with no belfry towers, because it was not built by a prince, the monastery was founded in 1503 by Luca Arbore, the advisor of Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare). It was painted four decades later by Dragos Coman, one of the greatest 16th century mural painters of Romania.
  • Romania Monasteries in Bucovina - Humor monastery

    Founded in 1530, Humor (Hoo mor) is rather small physically, but looms large among Bucovina's treasures with a variety of frescoes dating from 1535, including one illustrating the Return of the Prodigal Son and one with a "humorous" depiction of the devil as a woman. The church, topped by a cross-shaped shingled roof, is without a steeple, indicating that it was built by a court official rather than a prince. The predominant hues of the frescoes are reddish brown with some rich blues and green infusions. An extremely valuable collection of icons from the 16th century is displayed in the monastery.
  • Romania Monasteries in Bucovina - Voronet monastery

    Perhaps the most famous and stunning of the painted monasteries is Voronet (Vo ro nets), founded in 1487 by Stephen the Great to celebrate a victory over the Turks. Widely known throughout Europe as "the Sistine Chapel of the East" due to its interior and exterior wall paintings, this monastery offers an abundance of frescoes featuring an intense shade of blue commonly known as 'Voronet blue. The composition of the paint continues to remain a mystery even now, more than 500 years after the church was built. Voronet MonasteryVoronet Monastery was founded by Stephen the Great, ruling prince of Moldavia, to fulfill a pledge to Daniil, a hermit who had encouraged him to chase the Turks from Wallachiia. After defeating the Turks, Stephen erected Voronet in less than four months.
  • Romania Monasteries in Bucovina - Sucevita Monastery

    High walls and heavily buttressed defensive towers surround the great monastic complex of Sucevita, giving it the appearance of a fortress. Founded in 1581 by Gheorghe Movila, Bishop of Radauti, it was later expanded by his brother, Ieremia, ruling prince of Moldavia, who added massive ramparts and turrets. An elegant steeple resting on a star-shaped base tops the church. Massive eaves protect the outside frescoes, painted by local artists in 1602-1604.
  • Romania Monasteries in Bucovina - Moldovita monastery

    The Monastery of Moldovita (Mol do vee' tsa), located in the village of Vatra Moldovitei, was built by Petru Rares in 1532. The predominantly gold and deep blue paintings on the exterior walls were completed in 1537. The large and vivid Siege of Constantinople highlights the frescoes.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 1. Manastirea Cozia

    Cheia Monastery (Romanian: Mănăstirea Cheia) — a Romanian Orthodox complex located on the right bank of Tâmpa Creek, southeast of Cheia, in Prahova County, Wallachia region, southeastern Romania. The monastery of monks was dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 2. Manastirea dintr-un Lemn

    in the early 16th century, a monk made an interesting discovery inside a hollowed oak while walking in the Romanian countryside. To his amazement, an icon of the Virgin Mary was carved into the interior. The icon spoke to the monk, telling him to raise a church using only the wood from the icon-emblazoned Oak tree. This legend has obviously stirred controversy and claims of historical inaccuracy. Another version of the story has a shepherd finding the icon and acting accordingly. Even the icon itself has been victim to strict scrutiny as to its age and origin, with some claiming that it was a creation of Constantinople era Christian artists or 4th century Greek craftsman. Others are still more inclined to believe the religious legend of the monk.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 4. Pahomie monastery

    The founding document of the hermitage states that the founders are Pahomie the monk and Sava The Outlaw, in 1520, thus the name of “Pahomie Hermitage of the Beautiful Spring”.

    According to another founding document, Pahomie is no other than the great Prince Barbu Craiovescu, founder of the Bistriţa Monastery, who during 1519-1520, while rebuilding Bistriţa, he also builds Pahomie Hermitage, in remembrance of the fact that at the Beautiful Spring, in the solitude of the Buila Massif, while looking for the way for Sibiu in the woods, to escape the rage of Mihnea, he and his men found rescue. Among his friends there was capitain Sava, later known as Sava the Outlaw, because, during their stay at the hermitage, he would often go into the nearby villages to get food.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 3. Manastirea Govora

    Govora Monastery is inhabited by nuns and has the patron "Adormirea Maicii Domnului" ("Assumption"). Govora monastery is situated at the foot of the hill Cosul Mare, on the radius of Mihaiesti village in Valcea county, 6 km from Baile Govora and 18 km from Ramnicu Valcea, on the former estate Hinta. The connection road to the monastery is on the national road Rm.Valcea-Tg.Jiu. On the railway, the monastery is located 12 km from the railway station Govora. The name of the monastery comes from the Slavic word "gavariti" - talk, telling, or - spring whisper.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 4. Iezer Monastery

    Iezer Monastery, although modest in size and without a great reputation in our religious monuments has seen times of flowering and decay to the brink of extinction, closely related to Romanian history. It is considered as the most isolated monastic center in the foothills of northern Oltenia key in a clearing surrounded by mature woodland.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 5. Hurez monastery

    The Horezu Monastery or Hurezi Monastery was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu in the town of Horezu, Wallachia, Romania. It is considered to be a masterpiece of "Brâncovenesc style", known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorative works.
    The Brâncovenesc style, which can be found at several other churches and monasteries in Wallachia, is the only true and original Romanian style and is called "Brancoveanu art" by the name of the ruler who, in a period of constant battles between the world powers of that time, put cultural development of the country above everything and made it the goal of his life.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 6. Polovragi monastery - holly water tower

    The most recent researches based on two Slavonic inscriptions, establish the building date of the Polovragi Monastery about 1505. It is attributed to Radul and Pătru, Danciul Zamona's sons, which are mentioned in a document issued by Prince Basarab the Young (1477-1481), on 18th January 1480. This document is also the first documentary attestation of the village of Polovragi.
  • Romania Monasteries in Oltenia - 8. Tismana monastery

    Considered by many people as “the heart of Oltenia”, Tismana Monastery, together with its medieval walls and angular bulwarks, lies on the Starmina Mountain being surrounded by forests and steep crags, 30 km away from Targu Jiu. As a matter of fact, the Geta-Dacian toponym “tismena” meant “fortress” in its ancient times.
  • Romania Horezu Region - Day 1_welcome to Horezu

    Arrive and transfer from airport to Horezu. In the evening will be a gala dinner at Horezu to welcome guests, during it, along with the local guide, we will become familiar with the past and the stories of the region of Horezu, counted by the inhabitants of the area.
  • Romania Horezu Region - Day 2_History of Pottery (Workshop) and Monastic Hospitality

    On morning we will travel to the village of Olari where we will meet the craftsmen that mould the clay in pottery workshops, with the same unparalleled artistry as their ancestors. We will learn how to make traditional pottery in the manner of the craftsmen in Horezu region, that are famous worldwide due to the beauty of their produce. This town impresses both due to the artistry of the craftsmen, as well as to the multi-coloured appearance of the houses, that are adorned with pottery products. During the afternoon, we will benefit from the quiet atmosphere of the Hurezi Monastery, where we will be able to admire the artistry of the works of the nuns, in workshops where they weave carpets and tailor the monastic clothes, and we will enjoy the rich taste of the dishes cooked in the kitchen of the monastery (lunch). Dinner will be served in Andra's House Guesthouse in the town of Horezu.
  • Romania Horezu Region - Day 3_ Commune of Costești – Cooking Workshop

    In the morning we will depart from Horezu towards the old commune of Costesti and we will linger in one of the most noble monasteries of Romania - Arnota Monastery - where we will visit the workshops of painting icons and those where tinctures based on herbs are prepared. Lunch will be held at Nicoleta Guesthouse.The next stop will be at Cucu Guesthouse where, in a pure traditional atmosphere, we will learn how to cook traditional Romanian dishes and we will enjoy dinner with delicious food, local stories, as well as Oltenian songs.
  • Romania Horezu Region - Day 4_A Day Spent in the Middle of Nature

    Departure towards the commune of Costești where, during the morning, we will be able to enjoy the pastoral activities, in the "Ursulețul" / "Little bear" sheepfold. Lunch will take place in the same rustic traditional sheepfold. A tour of the commune of Costești will enable us, along with local farmers, to learn more about the art of beekeeping or of manufacturing popular traditional Oltenian shirts and skirts.
  • Romania Horezu Region - Day 5_Authentic Romanian Folklore

    we will depart towards commune of Vaideeni. With a rich ethno-cultural history, Vaideeni enjoys a well-deserved reputation linked to the pastoral customs preserved ever since ancient times, as well as linked to folk dances, music, and good vibes. The entire day will be dedicated to Oltenian folk dance lessons. After a well-deserved lunch and a little rest in a natural setting at Moara Viselor / “The Mill of Dreams” we can visit the famous Tapestry Workshop held by the Association of Women in Vaideeni.
  • Romania Horezu Region - Day 6_Commune of Măldăreşti and Govora Spa Resort

    From Horezu we will departure to the commune of Măldăreşti. During the morning, we will visit the Ensemble Museum of Măldărești, an area that combines legends, history and old Romanian architecture. The traditional lunch will be served in an old nobleman's house - "Maldăr’s Manor". In the afternoon, we will head to Govora spa resort where guests can enjoy moments of full relaxation consisting in spa sessions in one of the most popular hotels in the resort - Palace Hotel. Dinner will be served at Palace Hotel.
  • Romania Horezu Region - Day 7_The mirage of ceramics

    This day is devoted entirely to the participation in the fair dedicated to the Romanian folk pottery called "The Rooster of Hurez". This event is an outdoor exhibition of the most representative centres and types of Romanian ceramics, but also an occasion for popular events involving groups of folk dances from different ethnological parts of Romania, a veritable parade of authentic Romanian folk costumes, a proof of tradition exceeding the common level and converted into art.
Romania currently holds a real tourism potential, which properly exploited, can create numerous long – term competitive, economic and social advantages. 

The variety of landforms and the cultural and historical attractions, generate multiple development possibilities for Romania, such as: tourism resources varied in volume and in value; the concentrated positioning in territory of unique tourism resources; the existence of one third of the European mineral water resources in Romania; cultural heritage values and local traditions preserved in the daily life.

Romania offers countless unique travel experiences: Danube River and Danube Delta (recognized by UNESCO for its outstanding universal value as the world's third most biologically diverse area), the beautiful, intact, medieval towns in Central Transylvania (Brasov, Sibiu, Alba Iulia, Cluj); Bucharest town - Romania's capital city - the Black Sea coast (245 km. length); Oltenia region (whith the famous Horezu area) and the historic regions of Bucovina or Maramureș. A step back in time will take the visitor to the painted monasteries in Bucovina, to the perfectly preserved hilltop citadel of Sighisoara medieval town or to the authentic, centuries-old villages in Banat region. 

The countryside is the heart and soul of Romania, where peasant culture remains a strong force and the local people are friendly with fascinating stories to tell. 

Also, Romanians' vivid imagination and intense spirituality have always been expressed through their architecture, music, folk dances, crafts and traditions. 

All these significant values might be related to the development of social tourism which can refer to highlighting of tourist sites and natural and cultural heritage of the geographically isolated less known areas. As a result, the development of tourism can boost the economic development of local communities. 

Romanian stakeholders have a certain receptivity for social tourism issues and development. They are interested in the improvement of the existing social tourism policy in collaboration with other European countries or in participating in the creation of new European social tourism mechanism.

Clusters of Local Cultures

Horezu Region
The Horezu Region CLC is located in the south-west part of Romania, in Vâlcea County and comprise a well-known destination, as Horezu, and lesser known destinations like the villages of Costeşti, Măldăreşti, Slătioara, and Vaideeni.

Itineraries

Horezu Region
An unforgettable experience to a land of authenticity, with stories about the culture of the people from Horezu Region.