Wooden church at Surdesti

Trip Start Aug 19, 2007
Trip End Sep 10, 2007

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Monday, September 3, 2007

We drove on to Surdesti to see a wooden church that is allegedly the tallest in Romania  - about 300 yrs old, certainly tall, and with painted walls and icons draped with colorful embroidered shawls. Sheepskins on the benches, woolen rugs on the floors. The UNESCO sign says it's a Greco-Catholic wooden church of the Holy Archangels, built in 1721, and painted in 1783. It also says the church is the tallest wooden church in the world rising 72 meters from the ground and featuring a tower over 54 meters high. This point caused quite a bit of good-natured arguing between Andrei and the woman who opened the church for us.

At the wooden church 3-4 little girls came to the car with trays of minerals for sale. We probably should have bargained a little, but the girls were so cute and reminded me of my granddaughters so we spent too much for some quartz crystal and a spray of azurite. (Granddaughters loved the rocks so it was money well spent.)

We saw many wooden houses and beautiful gates along this part of the drive.  We were told young people leave the area for work in Hungary and Italy and return with money to build modern houses, and, that since joining the EU-maybe in 10 more years-there might not be any more left of the traditional housing, clothing, and lifestyle.  
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