Romanian Culture & Traditions

Astra National Museum Complex

The ASTRA National Museum Complex (Museum Of Traditional Folk Civilization) was established in 1963 and is the largest open-air ethnography exhibit in Europe. The ASTRA Museum is based on the "living museum" concept, aiming to salvage, conserve and showcase traditional folk culture. It is one of the most important institutions of this kind in Europe. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts fairs, craftsmen's ...

The Village Museum Bucharest

A panorama of Romania's erstwhile villages, consisting of old traditional houses gathered from all the regions of the country, the Village Museum Bucharest is one of the unmissable attractions. In the heart of the city, and yet away from urban noise and futuristic buildings, on the shores of the Herastrau Lake, the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village Museum manages to recreate the atmosphere of traditional Romanian ...

Marginea Black Pottery

The territory of Romania has been inhabited continuously for several thousand years, and remnants of pottery in various shapes and colors, adorned with simple to very complex ornaments prove the existence of rich prehistoric cultures. The Marginea Black Pottery, famous worldwide, is shaped by hand by the craftsmen, fired and then polished, also by hand. The black color of the vessels is due to the firing process. ...

Horezu Monastery

The Horezu Monastery was built between 1690 and 1697 and has preserved to this day most of its original murals. The history of the site (included in the UNESCO heritage) is closely tied to the life of the Romanian prince Constantin Brancoveanu, the founder of Horezu Monastery. The legend behind Horezu Monastery After a 26-year reign, during which he revitalized the country's cultural life and developed a ...

Horezu – the core of Romanian pottery

The town of Horezu, situated in the southwest part of the country, in Valcea County, is considered one of the most representative places of Romania in terms of traditional crafts and folklore. Despite its cultural richness and diversity, the Romanian pottery is the craft most valued and it was sacredly passed on from one generation to another. Since 2005 Horezu pottery is on UNESCO list as, even today, the craftsmen ...

Nicolae Popa Museum, the small hidden gem of Romania

There are some places in Romania that will simply fascinate you. And one of them is, believe it or not, a private peasant museum, situated in the small village of Tarpesti from Neamt County, named Nicolae Popa Museum. The museum was founded in the ‘70s by the local sculptor Nicolae Popa, in his own house. After being wounded in the Second World War, imprisoned by the communists for fighting against their regime and ...

The Painted Monasteries of Bukovina

In the northern part of Romania, just as you enter the land Bukovina, you will find some unique pieces of architecture that you can't find anywhere else in the world. The Painted Monasteries of Bukovina were built between 1487 and 1583 and are decorated by skillful masters with biblical stories. During the Anti-Ottoman wars, Moldavia was at peace until somewhere around 1420, when Mehmed I raided it, and the land was ...

10 Romanian Foods You Should Definitely Try

Coming to Romania is a must for any travel enthusiast and food lover because there is such a richness in terms of traditional cuisine, that your senses will be absolutely spoiled with amazing and intense flavors. Romanian cuisine is not fancy like the French one for example, nor is too spicy or very complicated but yet, interesting and inviting, in short, comfort food at its peak! Pork is the most loved "vegetable" ...

Romanian Heroes in the Romanian Folklore

A place with so many multicultural elements thanks to its strong belief in God, on one hand, and witchcraft, on the other hand. To all of this, we can add pagan customs and Christian traditions, old colorful stories, and legends preserved from one generation to another. This place gave birth to Romanian heroes in the national folklore and to fabulous creatures. As we go way back in time, we discover that Romanian ...

Romanian Rituals: Exploring Beliefs and Superstitions in Romania

Having deep mythological roots, Romania is, without a doubt, the home of unimaginable mythological creatures, ancient Romanian rituals, fictional heroes, unusual mythological places, fascinating folk tales, thrilling fairy tales, strong witchcraft and Christian beliefs, unique customs and traditions, and so much more. Romanian Rituals in the Romanian Folklore There are eleven Romanian rituals, but ...