Extra – Bucovina Painted Monasteries Tour

Itinerary:

Suceava
With an estimated population of 100,000 Suceava is the largest city and the seat of Suceava County. Once the capital of Moldavia, for nearly 200 years the city of Suceava was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia and the main residence of the Moldavian princes (namely between 1388 and 1565). Today is an excellen starting point to visit the north of Romania, specially the painted monasteries of Bucovina but not only. The town has some noteworthy attractions of its own, Saint George's Church (the monastery of St. John the New of Suceava), a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Bucovina village museum (open air museum), with its valuable old woodend bucovinean houses and traditional items exhibits, and Suceava's main tourist site, is the 14th-century citadel.
Dragomirna Monastery
Having survived on Moldavian lands for more than three centuries Dragomirna monastery is one of those monuments that evoke a page of Moldavia history in a particular way. The monastery’s strong walls, the towers and the counter forts create an atmosphere of medieval fortress that faced many attacks. Built by the ruler Miron Barnovschi Movila in 1627, this web of walls surrounds construction the 1609 construction, built by Anastasie Crimca. Narrow as an ark, of hallucinating height, Dragomirna church represents the founder’s dream of building this eye of clearing, a monument like no other. Monumental, sober, Dragomirna monastery by the contrast between the massiveness of the walls and the tower’s lace of stone.
Patrauti Church
The church, built by Stephan the Great in 1487, is the smallest of all his churches and monasteries and the only one destined to be a nun monastery, a ,,sanctuary for the soldiers wounded in battles”.

The admirable proportioned architecture represents a valuable model for the Moldavian medieval age, an edifice on tri-conic plane with nave tower, frames and gothic portals, with the facades under the cornice, decorated with ceramic friezes.

The original interior painting, of great artistic value, is remarkable by the stage of Complaint (nave), Saint Cross cavalcade (narthex), expression of the anti-Turkish feelings and actions, a refined composition with subtle colours in Byzantine tradition and votive painting. The external painting makes reference to the fragments from the Judgment’s day, accomplished after 1550. A round stone represents the table of Stefan cel Mare and the neighbouring bell “knows” how 10 spread the hail bringing clouds.
Bogdana Monastery
Sfantul Nicolae Church is the first religious stone construction in Moldavia, kept in its original, unspoiled form, considered to be a true birth document of Moldavia’s architecture. Founded around the year 1360 by the vaivode Bogdan I {1359-1365} as a gratification for God for being successful in the battles for the establishment of free and independent state of Moldavia, this prayer place will become also a necropolis for him and his family.

BOGDANA MONASTERY represents the expression of an admirable artistic synthesis between Roman, Gothic and Byzantine architecture, and also an important example in the Moldavian architecture orientation and development of the 16th – 17th centuries.

Through artistic, architectural and decorative qualities, BOGDANA MONASTERY became one of the representative monuments of the artistic-cultural patrimony of Romania, being included in the UNESCO patrimony.Il Monastero di Bogdana
Putna Monastery
First and one of the most important creations of the vaivode Stephan the Great, Putna Monastery with the titular day ,,Adormirea Maicii Domnului (The Assumption of Mary)” (celebrated on August 15), was built between the years 1466 and 1481.

In time, Putna Monastery passed through numerous tryouts: foreign attacks and occupations, fires and earthquakes, but they did not succeeded in interrupting the evolution of the religious life.

One of the most important gold of the church is the miracle-making icon of God’s Mother, brought in the year 1472 from Constantinople by Lady Maria de Mangop – Stephan the Great’s wife.

Putna monastery remains for more than 5 centuries an important spiritual, historical and cultural component of the world in the history. Due to its founder’s name, Putna Monastery is well known not only in the country, but also in the whole Europe, Stephan the Great being known under the name of Christianity athlete.
Marginea Pottery Shop
The Black Ceramics of Marginea – Marginea Ceramics is already a well-known brand. Historians date the beginning of pottery at Marginea in 1500. Pottery appeared due to the necessity of storing food. The pottery had its role in primitive society development because it made possible the storage of food. Imagine your kitchen without these ordinary objects. Due to its geographical position, Marginea commune is surrounded by forestes, its soil is argellaceous and it isdeleteTitle Suceava Content deleteTitle crossed by the Sucevita river. All these features are fundamental for the craft born from the magical triangel of clay, water and fire. Before the communist oppression in Marginea there were at least 60 families of potters as declared an old potter who reached Munich to present his craft.
Suceava

Tour description:

The Extra - Bucovina Monasteries Tour is a day tour recommended to the travelers who want to explore Bucovina beneath the surface. After visiting the famous "Big Four"(Voronet monastery, Moldovita monastery, Sucevita monastery and Humor monastery) it is time to discover the hidden gems such as Dragomirna monastery (narrow as an ark, hallucinating height, decorated with stone embroidery is a monastery like no other), Patrauti church (the smallest and the oldest unchanged church built by Stephan the Great), Bogdana monastery (the oldest stone church is Moldavia) or the impressive monastery of Putna.

The Extra - Bucovina Monasteries Tour is not only about the monasteries and the spirituality but it will also introduce you in the bucolic atmosphere of Bucovina with its charming traditional villages, dense forests, spectacular mountain roads and local craftsmen who preserves ancient traditions.

All this in one single day, 175 km and approximately 8 hours.

Price:

5-7 persons - 35 Euro/person
4-5 persons - 40 Euro/person
3    persons - 40 Euro/person
2    persons - 50 Euro/person
1    person   - 90 Euro

What's included:

- Licensed english speaking tour guide;
- Private transportation with modern vehicle (AC);
- Pick up and drop off from your hotel.

Not included:

- Lunch;
- Entrance fees;
- Personal expenses.

Optionals:

Remember all our tour can be customized. At this tour you can add other tourist attractions like:

Cacica Salt-Mine
Hidden between the hills nearby the town of Gura Humorului, Cacica is one of the most visited places in Suceava county. The salt-mine has been dug manually under the technical guidance of an Austrian, Paul Hofmann. The giant salt mountain in Cacica can provide enough salt for the entire Europe for the next 400 years!

The name of “Cacica” has its origins in the polish “kaczika”, meaning “duck”, because there used to be many lakes with wild ducks in the region.

The main tourist attractions are:

The old salt mine, where one can see the roman-catholic chapel “Saint Barbara”, the salt-lake and the ball-room;

The roman-catholic sanctuary of Cacica;

The old wooden-church of Humor Monastery, situated in the village of Partestii de Sus;

Accessibility: 18 km from the town of Gura Humorului and 40 km from the town of Suceava.

Arbore Church
Luca Arbore, the one who courageously defended the Fortress of Suceava for three weeks. Against the Polish siege, is the one who for almost 40 years, beginning with 1486, was the doorman of Suceava – remains in our memory through building of the village bearing his name.

The skill of the craftsmen who started to build it in April 1502, made add Arbore church one of the important monuments of Moldavia. Later on, wanting to add an extra beauty to their father’s building, Luca Arbore is daughters ordered the “Dragosin” craftsman to paint the external walls. The scenes are populated by numerous characters in continuous movement. The live colours of the painting are harmoniously combined, emitting a lot of warmth. The green borrowed from the surrounding forests and hills predominates in the rich polychromy.
Sucevita Monastery
Situated in the village with the same name, on the valley of Sucevita brook, at a distance of 18km South-West from Radauti town, Sucevita Monastery was built in the last decades of the 16th century, on the expense of the entire boyar Movila family, Ieremia being the ruler of Moldavia between the years 1595-1606.

The outside painting of Sucevita Monastery is the best kept from the group of Moldavian churches with exterior painting, the only one that keeps the Northern side, where the ,,Virtues lather” scene is represented, being the most impressive by its amplitude and the contrast between angles and hell’s chaos. This scene presents the battle between right and wrong, man’s attempt to get to perfection, in order to regain the lost face by falling into sin.
Putna Monastery
First and one of the most important creations of the vaivode Stephan the Great, Putna Monastery with the titular day ,,Adormirea Maicii Domnului (The Assumption of Mary)” (celebrated on August 15), was built between the years 1466 and 1481.

In time, Putna Monastery passed through numerous tryouts: foreign attacks and occupations, fires and earthquakes, but they did not succeeded in interrupting the evolution of the religious life. One of the most important gold of the church is the miracle-making icon of God’s Mother, brought in the year 1472 from Constantinople by Lady Maria de Mangop – Stephan the Great’s wife.

Putna monastery remains for more than 5 centuries an important spiritual, historical and cultural component of the world in the history. Due to its founder’s name, Putna Monastery is well known not only in the country, but also in the whole Europe, Stephan the Great being known under the name of Christianity athlete.

Tour FAQ:

Is this a private or a group tour?

Usually this is a private tour. However if we have specific requests from our guests we can provide a small group tour or a shared tour.

What time do tours start?

The best time to start this tour is 09.00 am, but we can also start at a mutually agreeded time.

Which are the pick-up and drop-off places?

We can pick-up/dop-off you at your hotel or any other point in Suceava city and not only.

How long does the tour take?

The tour takes approximately 8 hours but we can adapt to fit 100% your individual requirments from 7 to 10 hours.

How should I dress?

There is no formal dress code but try to be respectfully and try to cover your knees and shoulders during the visit at the monasteries.

When do I have to pay?

If you book a day tour you don't have to pay in advance. You just have to inform us about the pick-up place and time and you will pay only when you will start the tour.

What currency can we use?

For our tours we accept both Euro and the local currency known as Leu or Ron, but for all the other expences we recommend to use the local currency.

When is the best time of the year to visit Romania and Bucovina region?

We recommend taking advantage of any chance to visit us, since each season is great in its own way to visit Romania and Bucovina region.