Highlights of the Monastic Life

Trip Start May 05, 2008
Trip End May 09, 2009

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Gura Humorului was our starting point for our visit throughout the Bucovina region of Romania, where we visited some of the most famous painted monasteries in this region. Starting in the second half of the 15th century, and continuing for more than a century, the princes of Moldavia would built monasteries in this region, many of which are fortified and have tiny churches in the middle, which are distinctive because they are painted on the outside as well as on the inside. They are rather unique and charming and we had the good fortune of visiting some of the most famous: Putna, Voronet, Sucevita and Moldovita.
To do that, we had to drive around rural roads, in a bucolic region where the houses are new, huge and gorgeous, but where the local people still dress like they did a century ago, and where cows and horse-drawn carts are a very common cause of traffic jams on the road. Many of the young men of the region have gone to work in Western Europe and they send money back home which is used to built these new houses, but the old traditional culture is still very much alive in these parts. One wonders though what will happen to this culture when all the young men come back... 
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