Monday, April 13, 2009

Bucovina, the wooden houses

Bucovina - This is how the houses used to look. There still are lots of them in the villages of Bucovina.

My personal favourite. I like animals a lot, and around here, as you see, hens live a free and happy life, outside the yard.

Spiritual life in Bucovina

Everywhere you look in Bucovina you will find a church. In Radauti, the city i started my trip from, i myself have visited 6 churches, and i have a feeling that was not all. There were some orthodoxe ones, a romano-catholic one, a greek-catholic, russian-ukrainian one and one of the "lipoveni" - another minority of Romania. Not to forget the sinagogue. Here they come (some of them, of course):

Daniil Sihastrul Cell - this is the cell of a monk. it was carved in stone through 11 years by this man. And it looks like this. One man's hard work, turning a rock into his house.

Dragos Voda Monastery - the oldest in Romania, this church was made in wood in the 14'th century. It's really something to see 700 years old oak.

Putna - Peace and quiet

Putna - monasteries around here look like fortresses. That's because of the many turkish and mongolic attacks the people of this area suffered.

Putna - a window

Putna - an outside view

Bogdana Monastery - Radauti

Traditional workcraft in Bucovina - Eggs painting

You need steady hands, tones of patience and a sense of colours. The patterns you see on the eggs are teached from mother to daughter since ages. And there still are women who keep up the good work.

Traditional workcrafts in Bucovina - Pottery

Pottery is one of the main income sources in Bucovina. Here are some pictures i did in a pottery workshop in Marginea, a small town/village.

hands at work

pottery - a job for every age

a good day at work

ready and waiting

Take time for Bucovina

There are a thousand things to see in the north-eastern area of Romania. Bucovina is mostly famous for its old, beautiful, greatly painted churches, such as Voronet, Putna, Sucevita, Moldovita etc. Then, there are the old, traditional proffesions: pottery, woodcarvin, eggs panting. These are activities that happen indoors, but Bucovina is also known for horse breeding. Check out this site, of a local minority that calls itself "hutuli": The site is not ready yet, still there are some information and photos to see. The landscape is also amazing. There are some relief forms that are only present here, people call them "obcina" and they look like something between mountains and hills. The "obcinas" are covered with old, deep forests.
So, here are some photos i took in this trip.