Do you want to get rid of stress? Then this is your tour. Enjoy a beautiful and peaceful day near Bucharest, in amazing locations</span>: Caldarusani Monastery, Snagov Monastery and the Garden of the Vlachs.
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Bucharest STRESS FREE Tour
Do you want to get rid of stress? Then this is your tour.
Meet in the hotel’s lobby with your guide and depart by bus outside Bucharest.
Today we will visit the Caldarusani Monastery, an ideal place for those who want to find a peaceful and blessed place. You can meditate and resonate with nature, with the beauty and the spiritual world.
Caldarusani Monastery is located 40 km north - east of Bucharest, on a peninsula surrounded by the lake with the same name, the place where laid once the Vlasiei Forests.
In the great and endless woods of Vlasiei, in the early 17th century, in 1637, Prince Matei Basarab fell in love with these wonderful places and built a stone monastery, one of the most important and outstanding monuments of Bucharest, Caldarusani Monastery, on the site of an old wooden hermitage. Today, the Monastery is equipped with a high watch tower with a Bell and is surrounded from three sides by the Lake Caldarusani. Matei Basarab's old Throne Room now houses the Treasure Room, here being exposed crosses, chalices, bishops' garments, embroidery, candles, all of inestimable value. The church was built in only 100 days and was consecrated on December 26th. The original painting was restored in 1778, 1817 and 1911, the last time by the painter Belizarie.
The Holy Caldarusani Monastery was noted throughout history as an important spiritual rebirth of the Romanian Country. Monastic life is intensely spiritual, living far from the foundation of the entire community, prayer and work are intertwined here by the old canons and ordinances of the Fathers of the Eastern Church. The monastery was linked with the activity of the Holy Hierarch Gregory the Teacher, Metropolitan of Romania (1823-1834). You will find here his holy relics.
The Monastery Museum houses particularly valuable objects: icons and paintings of great painters (Eugene Lazar, Nicolae Grigorescu, George Tatarescu, Sava Hentia), silverware, bishops' garments, gold and silver embroidery of a particular artistic vision and great finesse. All this together with the valuable library which houses thousands of manuscripts and religious books in Latin, Greek, French, Italian and Romanian, dating from the 17th century until today, giving the monastery an undeniable historical and spiritual value.
The Miracle! Come and see the double icon!
Come and pray to the holy icon from Caldarusani. The icon was brought here in 1940, from the Monastery of Noul Neamt. The holy object is unique through perfect execution, but also through appearance. On one side of the icon is painted Virgin Mary, and on the other St. George, hence the name of the double icon.
From Caldarusani Monastery we will continue to see the Snagov Monastery, strongly related to Vlad the Impaler (Dracula).
Snagov Monastery is located on the only island on Snagov Lake and is a very old religious site founded in the early 15th century. The location of the monastery is well known because it is believed to be the burial place of Vlad the Impaler, better known as the inspiration for Irish author Bram Stoker's character Dracula in his 1897 novel. The monastery once housed the coin minting facility of the medieval principality Wallachia and in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, one of the most important printing houses in South-Eastern Europe was located on the island.
After such a spiritual time it’s time to relax and to enjoy the countryside’s life in Garden of the Vlachs (Gradina Vlasiei).
Conceived as an oasis of peace and humanity close to Bucharest, the Snagov village, Gradina Vlahiia, literally “the Garden of the Vlachs”, is a place of stories, an authentic Romanian village in miniature, a place for resting.
You can visit the traditional Maramures wooden house, renowned as a true micro-generator of peace and harmony. It is perfect for recharging your batteries. These examples range between 100 and 200 years of age. They are authentic village houses, rebuilt in Vlahiia Garden along with their entire universe, created according to time-honored customs and traditions, with authentic homemade clothing, icons, decorative wall hangings, blankets and tools.
We will continue to see the Icon Musem, the church of Vlahiia Garden, the Peasant Museum and the farm.
The church itself is a precise copy of the famous “Monastery cut from a single tree” in Valcea county, reproducing the wonderful details of the original, while the collection of icons counts over 100 pieces, from Greece, Russia and Romania, dating from the 17th Century. With interior painting realized directly on the wood, this space is surely unique.
The Peasant Museum portrays the world of the Romanian peasant, charged with customs and traditions inherited from our ancestors, transmitted from generation to generation. The construction, the dovetailed intersections entirely of wood, the loom, the tools for carding wool, the traditional slippers, rolls of handwoven fabrics, winter outerwear, and ladies decorative blouses – all emanate authenticity and tradition.
The farm - The daily routine of the animals – their feeding and watering, grooming their coats, shoeing the horses and ponies, milking the cows, collecting the eggs from the roost, preparing the cheese, butter and sour cream and tending the garden – all are the fruits of the creative passion which keeps alive the Romanian traditions.