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The Wallachian Monasteries
- Bus tour
- 2 days
- Perfect for small or middle sized groups
In Wallachia, we get acquainted with the Brâncoveanu style. Constantin Brâncoveanu, Prince of Wallachia between 1688 and 1714, loved art and culture. The second half of the 17th century, until his execution in 1714 in Istanbul, can be characterized as the Romanian Renaissance, as Brâncoveanu brought masters from countries that had a strong tradition in building. It was they who brought the elements of the Renaissance that, together with the local style of the hillside, put together the Brâncoveanu style.
Day 1: Bucharest and Curtea de Argeș
Before noon, we drive to the former Wallachian capital, Curtea de Argeș. Two of the most important churches in Romania were built here. The first church mirrors the example from Constantinople. The second one is monumental, and it is the actual bishop’s church. The church is covered with grey-gold decorations and it was seen as the eighth wonder of the world by Paul of Aleppo. At Râmnicu Vâlcea, we meet the Olt River. Then, we reach the Cozia Monastery, with its rich frescoes from the 14th century. Our last stop is the so-called ‘Biserica dintr-un lemn’ (Church built from a tree) that, according to legend, was built from a single giant tree trunk. Today, it is a monastery. Dinner and overnight stay at the monastery.
Day 2: Târgu Jiu and Horezu
After breakfast, we drive along the over 2000 m high Parâng Mountain through a wild landscape to Târgu Jiu. We see outstanding trademarks of the European modern art: the ‘Table of Silence’, the ‘Alley of Chairs’, the ‘Gate of the Kiss’ and the ‘Endless Column’. Constantin Brâncuși, the creator of these magnificent works of art, was a friend of Amedeo Modigliani and Henry Rousseau and was much admired by Hans Arp and Henry Moore. Through these sculptures, he expressed his love and gratitude for his home country. The small city of Horezu is famous for its pottery and for its old monastery. We also visit the so-called ‘Cule from Măldărești’, fortified houses that belonged to the patricians. Return trip to Bucharest.
– 1 overnight stay with breakfast;
– All entry fees;
– Transport with bus according to the program;
– English speaking tour guide;