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PAINTED MONASTERIES

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PAINTED MONASTERIES

On Wednesday we woke up quite early (8.30 h) because we had to drive for a few hours. We took our Skoda Octavia and… we arrived in Moldovita's Monastery (the first painted monastery we wanted to visit) at 13.30h !!! 5 h of driving in the worst roads you can imagine!!! Tons of road works, incredible bad asphalt, pot holes, carriages… I guess in 3-4 years they will have a good road and you'll be able to get the monasteries easily… however, by now isn't advisable at all !!! However, we enjoyed a fantastic crossing between mountains.
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Moldovita's monastery was our first destination (we planned visit Moldovita, Suceavita and Voronet, the most famous painted monasteries). The location of the monastery is fantastic and also the monastery, it was nicer than I imagined!! Paints on the walls are extremely nice as well as the garden and the building around. There are monks still living there and taking care of the monastery. A worthwhile visit in a peaceful and lovely place in the middle of nowhere.
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As we were a little bit hungry we stopped for a good meal in a local restaurant between Moldovita and our next step: Suceavita's monastery.
Suceavita's monastery is the biggest one and also great with lots of monks living there as in 18th century. As the other one was fantastic inside and outside, maybe with the pictures you can imagine how beautiful it is but I promise is much better to be there.
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After Suceavita we went to Voronet. This one is also nice but not as much as Moldovita and Suceavita though is very famous for a paint that show you 30 steps to get heaven. Something funny was that 2 of my mates had to wear a kind of skirt cause they shorts were too short.
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We drive back to Bistrita where we slept again through the same bad road.

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Posted by gom 02:44 Archived in Romania

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