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Monday, September 17, 2007
Metropolitan Daniel is new leader of Romanian Orthodox Church

Metropolitan Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church at the Third European Ecumenical Assembly. Photo CCEE-CEC / Ag. Siciliani
13 September 2007 07-0712
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Sibiu, Romania (ENI). Metropolitan Daniel of Moldavia and Bucovina, who studied in the West and taught at an ecumenical institute near Geneva while his country was under communist rule, has been elected Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
"We look forward to the Romanian Orthodox Church remaining under your leadership a committed partner to the other churches of Europe," Archdeacon Colin Williams, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, said in a letter to Daniel after the announcement of his election on 12 September.
Daniel, widely regarded as being open to Christians of other denominations, received 95 votes out of 161 in a final ballot against Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anani, seen as a more traditionalist candidate.
"There is no doubt that in you there has been elected a Patriarch ... who will see far into the challenges of living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Romania," Williams stated in his letter.
Daniel is a member of the presidium of CEC, which groups most of Europe's Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches. He has also been a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches.
The election followed the death of Patriarch Teoctist on 30 July, aged 92. "I want to serve the church as Teoctist did," Daniel was quoted telling reporters after his election.
The church said Daniel would be enthroned on 30 September in Bucharest's Patriarchal cathedral.
Born Dan Ilie Ciobotea on 22 July 1951, the newly-elected patriarch received his doctorate from the faculty of Protestant theology in Strasbourg in eastern France in 1979, after studies in Romania, France and West Germany.
He then spent eight years as a lecturer at the WCC's Ecumenical Institute at Bossey near Geneva before returning to his home country in 1988.
Daniel has been archbishop of Iasi and metropolitan of Moldavia and Bucovina since 1990, the year after a revolution overthrew Romania's communist leader, Nicolae Ceausescu.
Since then, he has founded more than 300 parishes, 40 monasteries, and initiated and supported the building of over 250 new churches, the Patriarchate said on its Web site
Daniel's election came shortly after the conclusion of the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in central Romania, at which he underlined the role of the church in guarding the faith under communism, "to the extent to which the Romanians remained one of the most religious people ,
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Sf. Cuvioasă Paraschiva de la Iaşi (14 octombrie)[1]


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Această floare aleasă a Bisericii este cunoscută mai cu seamă în Bisericile Ortodoxe Greacă, Română, Bulgară, Rusă şi Sârbă. În chip cu totul deosebit a devenit vestită şi sărbătorită în Moldova, unde de peste 350 de ani sălăşluiesc preacinstitele ei moaşte, izvor neîmpuţinat de întrarmare

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The population on the present territory of Romania was converted to Christianity since the very first centuries after Christ. Romania, the only Latin country in the region, is, unlike other Latin countries, an almost entirely Orthodox country. Dobrogea is the place where Christianity entered Romania. This area is rich in an early Christian inheritance and some old monastic traditions dating since the first Christian centuries. Here you can visit the Cave of Saint Andrew, the apostle who preached Christianity in Dobrogea, and the cave art complex from Basarabi, containing six small churches, galleries and tombs dating since the 10th century. At Cocoş and Celic Dere monasteries there are the shrines ...more information The population on the present territory of Romania was converted to Christianity since the very first centuries after Christ. Romania, the only Latin country in the region, is, unlike other Latin countries, an almost entirely Orthodox country. Dobrogea is the place where Christianity entered Romania. This area is rich in an early Christian inheritance and some old monastic traditions dating since the first Christian centuries. Here you can visit the Cave of Saint Andrew, the apostle who preached Christianity in Dobrogea, and the cave art complex from Basarabi, containing six small churches, galleries and tombs dating since the 10th century. At Cocoş and Celic Dere monasteries there are the shrines ...more information The population on the present territory of Romania was converted to Christianity since the very first centuries after Christ. Romania, the only Latin country in the region, is, unlike other Latin countries, an almost entirely Orthodox country. Dobrogea is the place where Christianity entered Romania. This area is rich in an early Christian inheritance and some old monastic traditions dating since the first Christian centuries. Here you can visit the Cave of Saint Andrew, the apostle who preached Christianity in Dobrogea, and the cave art complex from Basarabi, containing six small churches, galleries and tombs dating since the 10th century. At Cocoş and Celic Dere monasteries there are the shrines ...more information V  [ send green star]

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» The Cozia Monastery
» St. Nicholas Church
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» Faith Stories
» Iasi
» Voronet Monastery
» Arbore Monastery
» Humor Monastery
» Moldovita Monastery
» Probota Monastery
» Rasca Monastery
» Sucevita Monastery
» One Wood Monastery (Manastirea dintr-un lemn)
» Curtea de Argeş Monastery
» Dealu Monastery
» Bucovina monasteries
» The Merry Cemetery from Sapanta
» The Mosque of Constanţa
» Hunciar Mosque
» The Roman Catholic “Sfantul Anton”
» The orthodox cathedral “Sfintii Apostoli Petru si Pavel”
» The “Metamorhosis” Greek Church
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Bucovina monasteries
Sprinkled among the green hills, secular woods, and the picturesque villages, the painted monasteries are the true jewels that appear here and there in the sunny valleys, in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. These art monuments of the medieval Romanian environment, founded by the rulers of Moldova in a time of threats and battles against primarily the Ottoman Empire, became strong nuclei of culture and creation, focusing around them the artistic and intellectual life of Moldova. The innovations used in order to build them, as well as the outstanding exterior fresco, unique in the world for their size, are registered in the UNESCO catalogue, and protected as “Great Monuments of the World.”Moldovita, Humor, Arbore, Sucevita and especially ...more information

Attractions» Voronet Monastery
» Arbore Monastery
» Humor Monastery
» Moldovita Monastery
» Probota Monastery
» Rasca Monastery
» Sucevita Monastery
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UNIQUE MONUMENTS October 28, 2007 6:16 PM

Romania – country of the world patrimonyRomania possesses an impressive artistic and cultural patrimony, including unique monuments that are remarkable expressions of the Romanians’ creativity throughout the centuries, whose value and necessity of preservation has determined their addition to the UNESCO world patrimony. Of an exceptional value are the churches from Bucovina dating since the 15th and 16th centuries, whose exterior walls are painted using a technique that made it possible for the frescos to miraculously last for 500 years--despite the rough winters. Eight of these are included on the UNESCO monuments list, churches among which the most famous is Voroneţ. The beauty of its frescos, which also charm by a absolutely unique blue shade, ...more information  [ send green star]
November 6, 2007 Florida, U.S.A. November 05, 2007 10:44 PM

Hey, Veronica!

Did Romania have "Hebrews" ?

Namaste and Best Wishes,


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MARAMURES...RELIGIOUS LIFE November 15, 2007 3:40 PM

Those interested in religious life will discover here more than mere monuments. Certainly, Maramures is a country of dozens of wood churches, which do not stay locked as architecture monuments, but remain opened to the parishioners that fill them every Sunday. Besides, there are a lot of active monasteries that attract processions. Some of these convents, such as that of Rohia, own worthy collections of rare books and manuscripts.

Wood churches.Initially modelled on the peasant farmhouse, the tiny wooden churches of Maramures impress trough their harmonious architecture and monumental outlook.

Always oriented on the East-West axis, the church has a ground plan consisting of a nave partinioned as follows: from the main entrance one enters an enclosed passage called pronaos or narthex, which is separated from the naos (or nave) by means of a screen made of fretwork, latticework or wrought iron. Covered with a semicylindrical vault, the naos is the largest part of the church. The altar is placed in the sacristy, which has a polygonal shape and is located towards the East.

Icons and paintings - laid out according to rules specific to the rites of the Eastern Church - cover the iconostasis, a partition that separates the sacristy from the nave.

Some churches have the main entrance covered with a porch, whose posts, arches and balustrade are akin to those of local peasant houses.

The base of the church is a frame of oak sills or girders placed on a layer of gravel with their edges resting on massive boulders. The sills hold the walls made of broad beams, whose ends are jointed in various ways. The rafters and the purlins make up a roof frame that is sheathed with shingles. The eaves are sometimes doubled by a second row of eaves, which are very broad and go around the church.

The most impressive element of the church is the bell-tower, which adds a distinctive aesthetic quality to the edifice. The tower maintains a square section up to the level of the gallery arcades that shelters the bells. The tower culminates in a pyramid- or cone-shaped spire that soars boldly, not unlike the steeple of Western Gothic cathedrals.

The ornamentals motifs of the wooden elements are akin to those found on gateways; the braided rope, the Sun, the cross, the serpent, the Tree of Life, as well as pre-Christian elements that subsisted as mere graphic elements, deprived of their original symbolism, and were handed on from carver to carver.

The interior walls of the churches were painted by local artists. The biblical scenes often appear against the familiar landscape of the village. Stylistically the scenes were influenced by the miniatures and illustrations of the Western Middle Ages and Byzantine culture.

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Roman Catholicism in Romania
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The Roman-Catholic Church (Romanian: Biserica Romano-Catolică din România) in Romania is a Latin Rite Christian church, part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and Curia in Rome. Its administration is centered in Bucharest, and comprises two archdioceses and four other dioceses. It is the second largest Romanian denomination after the Romanian Orthodox Church. In 1992, it had 1,144,820 members, of which the largest groups were Hungarians (approx. 770,000, including Székely and Csángó), Romanians (approx. 360,000) and Germans (approx. 70,000).[1] Overall data for 2002 indicated that there were 1,028,401 Romanian citizens adhering to the Roman Catholic Church (4.7% of the population).[2]

Most Roman Catholics inhabit the region of Transylvania and Bacău County in Moldavia.[3] The smaller Roman Catholic communities include Banat Bulgarians, Italians, Poles, Croats and Krashovani,  [ send green star]

CATHOLICS November 18, 2007 3:22 AM

The Bărăţia in Câmpulung, late 19th century painting by Nicolae Grigorescu
The Bărăţia in Câmpulung, late 19th century painting by Nicolae Grigorescu
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CATHOLIC TOWER IN BIERTAN November 18, 2007 3:24 AM

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The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Alba Iulia

The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Alba Iulia
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The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Alba Iulia
The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Alba Iulia

The main archdiocese is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest, a metropolitan bishopric for the entire country, directly overseeing the regions of Muntenia, Northern Dobruja and Oltenia; it has around 52,000 parishioners, most of them Romanians.[5] The other diocese of its rank, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Alba Iulia (in Alba Iulia), groups the region of Transylvania-proper (without Maramureş and Crişana), and has around 480,000 mostly Hungarian parishioners.[6] Four other dioceses function in Romania and are based, respectively, in Timişoara (the Roman Catholic Diocese of Timişoara, representing the Banat), Oradea (the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oradea, for Crişana), Satu Mare (the Roman Catholic Diocese of Satu Mare, for Maramureş, and Iaşi (the Roman Catholic Diocese of Iaşi, for Moldavia).[1]

The Church presently runs a faculty of theology (as part of the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca), four theological institutes, six medical schools and sixteen seminaries (see Religious education in Romania).[1] Among the journals issued by Catholic institutions are the Romanian-language Actualitatea Creştină (Bucharest) and Lumina Creştinului (Iaşi), as well as the Hungarian-language Keresztény Szó and Vasárnap (both in Cluj-Napoca).[1] It leads a network of  [ send green star]


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MYRIAM November 18, 2007 5:59 AM


The Synagogue in Bucharest

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 November 18, 2007 6:03 AM

Romania - Jewish Heritage
The Synagogue in Oradea, Romania, ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL ONE,


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FROM JEWISH MUSIC IN ROMANIA November 18, 2007 6:08 AM

Although I live in Hungary, the majority of our music’s influences come from Romanian musicians. The reasons are simple. Romania was crucial to the development of klezmer dance repertoire. My ancestors came from Moldavia. I grew up eating mamaliga in New York City. My grandparents spoke Romanian Yiddish. And Romania is one of the few places in Europe today that can boast a rich and active traditional context for folk music.

As ethnomusicologist Dr. Walter Zev Feldman points out in his 1995 article in the American journal Ethnomusicology, Moldavia played an important role in the development of modern "klezmer" music. Dr.

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Psalm in orthodox rite November 24, 2007 12:04 PM

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Significativa anche la data in cui il Papa apporrŕ il proprio autografo al testo: Sant’Andrea, che si festeggia appunto il 30 novembre, fu il fratello maggiore di Pietro, divenne – secondo la tradizione – il primo vescovo di Bisanzio (chiamata poi Costantinopoli) ed č patrono della Russia, dell’Ucraina e della Romania. Un omaggio esplicito all’antico cristianesimo orientale e all’attuale mondo ortodosso.  [ send green star]
ST ANDREW, THE PATRON OF ROMANIA December 02, 2007 5:49 AM

Saint Andrew

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"St Andrew" redirects here, for other uses, see St Andrews (disambiguation). Saint Andrew

Icon of the Apostle AndrewApostleBornunknown, BethsaidaDiedunknown, Patras, upon an X shaped crossVenerated inAll ChristianityMajor shrineChurch of St. Andreas at Patras, with his relicsFeastNovember 30AttributesOld man with long (in the East often untidy) white hair and beard, holding the Gospel in right hand, sometimes leaning on a saltire crossPatronageScotland, Russia, Sicily, Greece, Romania, Amalfi, Luqa (Malta) and Prussia; Army Rangers, mariners, fishermen, fishmongers, rope-makers, singers and performers
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The New Testament records that St Andrew was a son of Jonah, or John, (Matthew 16:17; John 1:42). He was born in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee (John 1:44). Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade, hence the tradition that Jesus called them to be his disciples by saying that He will make them "fishers of men" (Greek: ἁλιείς ἀνθρώπων, halieis anthropon). [1] At the beginning of Jesus' public life they occupied the same house at Capernaum (Mark 1:21, 29).

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SAINT NICHOLAS 6 OF DECEMBER December 03, 2007 1:22 PM

Saint Nicholas celebrated todayBUCHAREST – The entire Christian world celebrates today the most revered Saint for the past 16 centuries: Saint Nicholas. Commonly identified in many cultures today with Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas is not an imaginary character but was a real person. He lived in the 4th Century in Myra, Asia Minor, where he was a Bishop of a Christian church. According to the tradition, due to his faith Saint Nicholas is said to have performed miracles during his lifetime, to the benefit of the suffering, which won him a popularity unrivalled to this day. This is why, in 1087, when the Muslims invaded Myra, crusader armies took the Saint’s relics and transferred him to Bari, Italy. Here, the remains were placed in a specially built sanctuary, blessed by Pope Urban II, and preserved to this day, receiving impressive numbers of pilgrims from around the world. The Italians greatly praise Saint Nicholas, with a lot of frescoes depicting him, e.g. in Santa Maria Antiqua or in Rome. Widely known are also the 12th Century mosaics in San Marco, Venice or in Monreale, Sicily. Saint Nicholas’ personality was appreciated by most of the great Renaissance artists, which is why he is one of the most recurring Christian bishops featured in religious paintings. In England, over 400 churches are dedicated to Saint Nicholas, while Russia holds him in high esteem as the patron saint of the country.

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Praznicul Pogorârii Sfântului Duh ne e cunoscut sub încă cel puţin două nume.
Mai întâi, Rusaliile.
Originea acestui nume trebuie căutată în calendarul religios al romanilor. Rosalia erau, în Antichitatea romană, o sărbătoare închinată morţilor şi se celebrau la sfârşitul lunii mai sau începutul lui iunie, în perioada înfloririi trandafirilor (rosa, în latină.
Pe lângă spălări rituale, fiecare familie depunea acum un mănunchi din aceste flori la mormântul morţilor proprii. Întrucât vechea sărbătoare păgână şi Pogorârea Duhului Sfânt erau calendaristic apropiate, în tradiţia creştinismului românesc numele celei dintâi a sfârşit, ca în atâtea alte cazuri, prin a fi adoptat pentru cea de-a doua, Rusaliile rămânând până astăzi cea mai populară denumire a praznicului creştin.
Mai numim Pogorârea Sfântului Duh şi Cincizecime, urmând tradiţia poporului evreu. Semnificaţia sărbătorii iudaice era legată de ieşirea din robia Egiptului sub conducerea lui Moise. La cincizeci de zile după trecerea Mării Roşii, evreii ajung la picioarele muntelui Sinai, unde Dumnezeu le dă Legea prin Moise, din care prima şi cea mai cunoscută parte sunt cele 10 porunci sau Decalogul.
Un eveniment foarte diferit are loc însă la cincizeci de zile după Învierea Mântuitorului. Apostolii erau adunaţi la Ierusalim, când “din cer, fără de veste, s-a făcut un vuiet, ca de suflare de vânt ce vine repede, şi a umplut casa unde şedeau ei. Şi li s-au arătat, împărţit, limbi ca de foc şi au şezut pe fiecare dintre ei. Şi s-au umplut toţi de Duhul Sfânt şi au început să vorbească în alte limbi, precum le dădea lor Duhul a grăi”( Faptele Apostolilor 2, 2 - 4 ). Lucrul minunat e că fiecare îi auzea vorbind în propria limbă, astfel că şi parţii şi mezii şi elamiţii şi egiptenii şi libienii şi romanii aflaţi atunci la Ierusalim îi înţelegeau, deşi apostolii erau “toţi galileeni”. În acele momente, la Ierusalim, Duhul Sfânt reface unitatea lingvinstică a oamenilor (destrămată la Turnul Babel), simbol al unităţii lor spirituale în Dumnezeu. Este şi prima zi a Bisericii, întrucât, în urma cuvântării Sf. Ap. Petru, “ca la trei mii de suflete” au crezut în Învierea şi Dumnezeirea lui Hristos, s-au botezat şi au primit “darul Duhului Sfânt”.
Există în legătură cu Duhul Sfânt un cuvânt asupra căruia ar merita să ne oprim puţin, e vorba despre “duhovnicesc”. Un autor englez ( [1] ), ateu până la 30 de ani, ajungea, într-o carte despre creştinism, la următoarea dilemă: “oameni drăguţi sau fături noi ?” Am putea formula uşor diferit, şi am spune : viaţă morală sau viaţă duhovnicească ? A nu se înţelege că cele două se opun în mod necesar, dar putem fi de acord că pentru a fi morali nu avem, de fapt, nevoie de Dumnezeu. Fiecare am întâlnit măcar un necredincios foarte virtuos. În acelaşi timp, avem exemple de sfinţi recunoscuţi care nu erau “morali”, în sensul obişnuit al cuvântului. Ştim că sfinţii “nebuni pentru Hristos” făceau tot felul de extravaganţe, de pildă, iar mari Părinţi din pustia Egiptului nu ezitau să mintă (pentru a-l acoperi pe vreun frate care greşise), mîncau brânză şi carne în post (pentru a nu se făli cu nevoinţa lor în faţa altora) sau erau “nepoliticoşi” cu anumiţi vizitatori. Prin urmare, ce să credem ? De ce nu ajunge să fim pur şi simplu morali, şi ce anume face diferenţa ?
Se pare că atunci când înţelegem legătura noastră cu Dumnezeu în termenii unor reguli ce trebuie respectate, şi atât, noi avem foarte probabil în minte ideea unui contract, deşi nu ne dăm seama. Am vrea să împlinim poruncile aşa cum respectăm şi regulile de circulaţie. Ştim foarte bine însă că, respectându-le, nu reuşim decât să ne deplasăm în siguranţă, iar nu să intrăm în comuniune personală cu codul rutier sau cu cei care l-au conceput. Se întâmplă la fel cu morala, cu cea nereligioasă desigur, dar şi cu cea religioasă. Putem fi chiar foarte morali, şi în acelaşi timp avea o legătură perfect exterioară cu Dumnezeu. Şi în acest fel, morala ajunge, paradoxal, să fie un zid de netrecut între noi şi El. În cel mai bun caz, păzim poruncile aşa cum respectăm şi regulile de circulaţie, iar în rest nu-i cerem lui Dumnezeu “să vină şi să Se sălăşluiască în noi”, ci încercăm să-L ţinem la distanţă, eventual “ostind de două ori pe sătămână, dând zeciuială din toate” şi nefiind “ca vameşii şi păcătoşii”.
Însă aici avem o problemă. Dumnezeul nostru S-a numit pe Sine “Tatăl nostru”, iar între un Părinte şi copiii Săi nu poate exista un contract, ci numai dar şi comuniune. Mai departe încă : Dumnezeul nostru nu ne-a cerut să fim morali, ci să fim de-a dreptul desăvârşiţi. Şi se prea poate ca viaţa duhovnicească şi desăvârşirea să nu înceap

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    Because in Romania are a great number of churches, many with a great history, I selected only some of these which include both, arts and important history. Many of these are from Middle Age, but we have here churches from XI-th century to first part of XX century.  You are invited by Activ Travel team to visit Romania to see many of these churches, monasteries.



Moldavia and Bukovina - from 1 to 42

Dobrudja from - 1 to 7

Valachia from - 1 to 33

Banat from - 1 to 5

Transylvania and Maramures - 1 to

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10. Mirauti Church from Suceava - builded between 1375 - 1391, it was the first headquarters of the Moldavian bishop. It was here that Stephan the Great was declared ruler over Moldavia after receiving the bishop blessing. The church was restored between 1898 - 1901.
11. Sfantul Dumitru Church from Suceava - was founded by prince Pertu Rares between 1534 and 1535. Alexandru Lapusneanu voivode built the three-floor bell tower, while the last floor was added in the 19th century. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in
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12. Hagigadar Monastery near Suceava - the most important Armenian church in Romania. It is also frequented by Romanian Christians. Was built in 1512 by Armenian community. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in Route R5.
14. Uspenia Church from Botosani - it was built in 1552 by Lady Elena, the wife of the ruler Petru Rares and host valuable paintings, sculptures, old books. The national poet of Romania - Mihai Eminescu - was baptized here. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R1 ; Route R2.
15. Armenian Church from Botosani was built in 1350, when in town lived a large Armenian community. Is   the oldest Armenian church in Romania. Are necessaries a serious restoring. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in Route R2.
16. Saint Nicholas Ruling Church - Dorohoi Town - it was built by Stephan the Great in 1495, in Moldavian style, with rich decorations on the walls, including many elements of the Byzantine style.
17.Vorona Monastery - with an important cultural life, this monastic complex was built in 1600 in a beautiful hills area. Wood icons painting centre.
18. Cosula Monastery - it was built in 1535 by the ruler Petru Rares in the Moldavian medieval style. On both side of the church walls, wonderful paintings, from that period. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in Route R1
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23. Golia Monastery from Iasi City - built between 1650 - 1660 by Vasile Lupu. The fronts is decorated in the Renaissance style what makes it unique in Moldavia. Inside has a valuable frescoes. The Golia Tower offer a great panorama of the city and surroundings. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R1 ; Route R2.
24 Metropolitan Cathedral - Iasi City - it's a monumental building founded between 1840 - 1880 in Baroque and Neo-Classical style, painted by N. Tattarascu. Is the biggest Orthodox Church in Romania. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R1 ; Route R2.
25. Cetatuia Monastery - Iasi City - built by ruler Gheorghe Duca (1669 - 1672), forms an original and interesting monastic complex. It was an important cultural center.
26. Dobrovat Monastery - built by Stephan the Great between 1503 - 1504. It was the first church  painted from the time of Petru Rares ruler. UNESCO patrimony
27. Sf. Gheorghe Church - Harlau (1492) - was build by Stephan the Great.

28. Neamt Monastery - one of the most valuable sites in Romania. The most important center of culture and art of medieval Moldavia. The church of the monastery is one of the most impressive constructions of Stephan the Great (1497). Here are the oldest library (more then 600 years) in the country and an interesting museum. UNESCO patrimony. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R1.

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29. Secu Monastery - it was built by the chancellor Nestor Ureche, in the 1602. The facades decoration bear the mark of the Walachia style. A small museum inside the monastery. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R1 ; Route H2
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30. Route R1 ; Route H2.

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34. Durau Monastery - it was built in the 17th century by a daughter of the ruler Vasile Lupu, painting made later by N. Tonitza and his pupils Corneliu Baba in a rare technique - enchaustica. Inside the monastery is small and clean hotel for pilgrims. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route H2.
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37. Raducanu Monastery - Tg. Ocna Town - it was built in 1664 by Radu Racovita, with paintings and sculptures of great artistic value.
38. Precista Church - Bacau - it was built by Voievode Alexandru , son of Stephan the Great (1490). Is a fortified church.
39. Saint John the Baptist Church - Vaslui town, it was built by Stephan the Great in 1490, marking the victory obtained against the armies of Soliman Pasha in 1475. The style is Moldavian classical.
40. Precista Church  Fortress - Galati city- it was built in 1647 by ruler Vasile Lupu, the valuable monument of medieval arts, was a safe shelter for people in difficult moments.
41. Mera Monastery - it was built in 1705 by the Cantemir royal family. It looks like a church of old   Moldavia style.

42. Bishopric Church - Husi (1592)

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DOBROGEA June 16, 2008 6:03 AM



1. Basilica - Niculitel - the oldest construction of this type in Romania, it is unique in Europe. The basilica and the tomb were built during the reign of king Valens (after 370 A.D.).

2. Cocos Monastery - raised in 1835 in Oriental (Turkish) style but influenced greatly by Romanian architecture, too. Currently is a medieval and modern art museum.
3. Celik Dere Monastery - built between 1841 - 1844 by Romanian and Russian monks. It has a medieval art collections. Near the monastery is a windmill.
4. Mosque of Gaza Pasha - Babadag Town - the oldest monument of Muslim architecture in Romania (17th century).
5. Esmahan Sultan Mosque - Mangalia Town - was build in 1590 in Moorish style.
6. Saint George Orthodox Church - Constanta City (1905 - 1911) with wall paintings made by the famous painter Nicolae Tonitza.

7. Monastery - Basarabi (9 - 10th century), monk site in a cave , unique for Romanian ancient culture.

8. Dervent Monastery - built in 1936 by a prist and close in communism period. Is near the Apostle Andrei cave and is an important pilgrimage destination for travelers from Black Sea resorts.

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WALLACHIA June 16, 2008 6:04 AM


1. Route R2 ; Route H1.

8. Curtea Veche Church - the oldest in Bucharest. It is preserved in its initial form built between 1545 - 1547 by the ruler Mircea Ciobanu. There are also preserved some frescos from the reign of Stephen Cantacuzino. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2 ; Route R4.
9. Mihai Voda Monastery - Bucharest City - (1589 - 1591), it was built by great voivode Michael the Brave, instead of an old church. It had strong defense walls and royal houses that later were used as residence of Fanar kings. The present complex includes: the Church, the Palace of the State Archives and the Belfry.
10. Antim Monastery - (1714-1715) Bucharest City - it was founded by the metropolitan bishop of Georgian origin, Antim Ivireanu. The monastery is one of the most beautiful in Bucharest in Brancovenesc style and a pilgrimage place. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2.
11. Stavropoleos Church - Bucharest City - (1724-1730) - it was built trough the efforts of the Greek archimandrite Ioanichie. It preserved beautiful decorations, and a valuable paintings. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R1 ; Route R2 ; Route R4.
12. Snagov Monastery -situate on a island in a great lake, it is mentioned in documents of the end of the 14th century. The monastery was built by Vlad the Impaler (1456-1462). The present church dates since the 16th century. The paintings represent the largest medieval wall assembly in Valachian churches. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R4
13. Caldarusani Monastery - it was built by Neagoe Basarab, between 1637 - 1638. The monastery host a museum collections of old art objects.
14. Comana Monastery - it was built by Vlad the Impaler (1456-1462) and rebuilt by Radu Serban

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22. Route R4 ; Route H1 .

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23. Govora Monastery - it was mentioned in a document from 1488. The monastery was rebuilt by Vlad the Monk and Radu the Great. Under the rule of Constantin Brancoveanu, the monastery expanded and the present church was built , which preserves a valuable wall painting. The monastery has a museum with object of feudal art.
24. Bistrita Monastery - it was built between 1491 - 1492 by Craiovesti boyars. The old complex only preserves the small church, built by Ban Barbu Craiovescu between 1520 - 1521. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route H1.
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30. Polovraci Monastery - the famous monastery was built in 1505, by Radul and Patrul and rebuilt by Constantin Brancoveanu in the 17th century, preserving many of the original frescos.

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32. Vodita Monastery - it is one of the oldest monuments of the Romanian feudal art. Built by monk Nicodim (1364 - 1370) and Vladislav 1, ruler of Vallachia.

33. Gura Motrului Monastery - monument of old architecture built between 1512 - 1521 by Harvat , chancellor of Neagoe Basarab. The present church was built in 1653, in Moldavian style by magistrate Preda Brancoveanu.

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1. Orthodox Cathedral - Timisoara City - high towers and colorful roof, it was raised between 1934- 1946 a mixture of Byzantine and Moldavian style. Include a medieval art museum with a valuable collections of icons.

2. Roman Catholic Cathedral - Timisoara City - built between 1737 - 1773 in Baroque style, having a beautiful decorations.
3. Serbian Orthodox Cathedral - Timisoara City - (1744 - 1748), the painting have great value.
4. The Hodos - Bodrog Monastery - was built in 1177, represents one of the oldest monuments of this type from Romania. The original monument was modified during the centuries. We can find here valuable paintings, a lot of manuscripts and other items.

5.Franciscan Monastery - was built about 1756 in Lipova Town

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6. Brancoveanu Church - Ocna Sibiului, founded by the Michael the Brave in 1600, restored by Constantin Brancoveanu in 1701.
7. Cisnadioara church - the oldest Romanic church in Romania, dated from 1223.

8.Church fortress - Biertan - amazing monument of Gothic art, was constructed between 1520 - 1522 and was surrounded with strong towers and walls. UNESCO patrimony. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R4.

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12. Saint Nicolas Church - Brasov - the constructions start in 1495 at the order of Neagoe Basarab and lasted for almost a century. Important cultural center. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2 ; Route R4 .
13. Bartholomeus Church - Brasov .The oldest church in town. It was built in 1223 in Romanesque style, later Gothic elements are added. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2.
14. Route H1.
17. Roman-Catholic Church - Ghelinta - old monument (1245), in late Romanesque style. Inside a valuable wall painting made in 1330.
18. Fortified Church from Biborteni (15th century) had frescoes in Italian Renaissance style
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22. Church of the Dominican Monastery - Sighisoara (1298)- later suffered a series of changes. UNESCO patrimony. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2 ; Route R4 .
23. Reformed Church - Targu Mures - beautiful monument in Gothic style. Its constructions begin in 1316 and was completed in 1442, with the support of ruler Iancu de Hunedoara.
24. Evangelical Church - Reghin - was built between 1300-1330.
25. Roman-Catholic Cathedral - Alba Iulia (1246-1300), the most valuable monument of medieval architecture in Transylvania, it has the same age as the famous Notre Dame, it was built in a later Romanesque style. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2 .
26. Orthodox Cathedral of the Union - Alba Iulia (1921-1922). Is a combination of many old Romanian styles. Is very important historical monument. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in Route R2.
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31. Calvaria Church - Cluj-Napoca - it is was mentioned in documents from 1222, rebuilt in the 15-16-th centuries. In 1437, the agreement between the nobles and victorious peasants from Bobalna was signed here. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2 .
32. Orthodox Cathedral - Cluj-Napoca - a monumental church built between 1921-1933. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2 ; Route R5 ; Route C1 .
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37. Roman-Catholic Cathedral - Oradea (1752-1780) - It is the largest Baroque Church in Romania, made of Carrara and Vascau marble, inspired by the Baroque church of Northern Italy.
38. The Orthodox Church "cu Luna"(with Moon) - Oradea (1784-1790). Blending the elements of the Baroque style with Neoclassical ones. Under the horologe, we find a sphere which works on the basis of an original mechanism indicating the Moon phases in its rotation.
39. Wooden Church - Fidu de Sus (1727) - it is an historical and artistic monument, one of the most beautiful achievements of folkloric architecture in Romania. Its steeple is 40m high. The indoor painting was made in 1856.
40. Church of Uileacu Simleului village (1260-1300) in Romanic style. Is the only fortified church on the region with great historical and architectural value.
41. Reformat Church - Acas (12th century)- it belonged to a former Benedicts Monastery, repaired in 1732.
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45. Evangelic Church - Bistrita - it was built in the 15-th century in Gothic style. Has a emblematic high tower (75m). Inside you can find, pews carved in 1516, and a collection of Oriental carpets from the 16th century. Accesible in Activ Travel offers in: Route R2.
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46. Route R5.
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 June 19, 2008 6:11 AM

Nice work,Veronica! I hope every turist go to visit a monastery even is not a relios visit,it is the way to know Romanian people better!Big hug to everybody! Simona

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Thank you Veronica  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
thank you dearest SIMONA and PATRICIA June 20, 2008 11:39 PM

for the nice words, i hope, it , too, it's a wonderful countries, i feel it fascinating, therefore i i dndnt left it,when most GERMAN did, in the communisme, because, i love the romanian good heart, the beautiful landscapes, nature ,the traditions, the fascinating legends, ......

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Whitsuntide this Sunday June 08, 2009 5:52 AM

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Whitsuntide this Sundaypublished in issue 4445 page 1 at 2009-06-0550 days after the Easter, Orthodox believers celebrate the Whitsuntide, also called the Pentecost, or the Fiftieth Day, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit, one of the great Imperial Feasts of our Saviour, when the first Christian community, the nucleus of the Christian Church was funded.

The holiday is celebrated ten days after the Ascension and 50 days after the Easter, when the celebrated event took place and the Jew celebrated the commemoration of the Fiftieth Day. It is, at the same time, the celebration of the foundation of the Christian Church as, this day, due to the impressive speech by the Holy Apostle Peter, approximately 3,000 souls decided to convert to Christianity and became the first Christian community in Jerusalem, the nucleus of the Christian church.

In the day that precedes the Pentecost, the Summer Fair or the Whitsuntide Fair is held, offering people all they need for alms gifts, but also opportunities for joy. According to popular belief, the souls of the dead leave their graves on Palm Thursday, before Easter, and wander among the living, returning to their shelter in the Whitsuntide Eve.

Green linden tree or nut tree branches are brought to the Church. They are blessed and shared to Christians, because they symbolize the metaphoric flames of the Holy Spirit that descended upon the Apostles.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit celebrates the foundation of the Church.

In Romania, due to a decision adopted by the Parliament in 2008, there are official two days of granted for Whitsuntide – the Sunday and the following Monday, the second day of Nine oClock  [ send green star]
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Această zi marchează şi înteme ierea Bisericii creştine, pentru că în ziua Rusaliilor 3.000 de oameni s-au convertit la creştinism, formând astfel prima comunitate creştină din Ierusalim.

Duminica Cincizecimii sau a Pogorârii Sfântului Duh este sărbătoarea anuală a pogorârii Sfântului Duh peste Sfinţii Apostoli. Rusaliile sunt marcate întotdeauna la 10 zile după Înălţare sau la 50 de zile dupa Paşti.

Mâine, când în calendarul ortodox este Praznicul Sfântului Duh, va fi zi liberă pentru români. Nu se vor putea face plăţi bancare, vor fi închise oficiile poştale, iar presa cotidiană şi periodică din perioada 6-8 iunie va fi distribuită marţi, 9 iunie.

Comentarii la acest articol
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    duminică 7 iunie 2009 la 14:54

    Astazi si crestinii dupa evanghelie( cultul baptist, penticostal,etc ) sarbatoresc Duminica Cincizecimii. Este frumos si drept ca stirea sa sune astfel" Astazi toate cultele crestine din Romania sarbatoresc ... etc. Cei 3000 de barbati care s-au convertit in ziua cincizecimii, atunci cand apostolii au pedicat fiecaruia in limba inteleasa de ei vestea buna a mantuirii prin credinta in Isus Hrisos cel Inviat, se inchinau toti in duh si adevar . Pentru ca scriptura afirma ca noi avem un Dumnezeu viu.Deci El asteapta inchinarea noastra din toata inima si nu formal." Ca asa trebuie, sau ca asa este bine" In rest, va imbratisez cu dragoste frateasca si Dumnezeu sa va rasplateasca pe fiecare dupa inima lui.

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