Day trip to Bukovina | Iași and UNESCO Painted Monasteries Tour
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Activity Level Leisurely
Admire the famous Painted Monasteries of Bukovina in a one-day trip from Iasi. Your tour will include visits to three of the most important UNESCO sites in Bukovina (Moldovita Monastery, Voronet Monastery, Sucevita Monastery), as well as to the pottery workshop in Marginea, renowned for its black pottery.
- Entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary (Painted Monasteries and Marginea Pottery Workshop);
- Professional English-speaking tour guide;
- Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus, or coach;
- Hotel pickup and drop-off;
- Bottle of water.
- Lunch (approx. €13/person);
- Photography fees;
- Tips for the tour guide.
Welcome to Bukovina
Enjoy a one-day tour in Bukovina, home to one of the world’s greatest art treasures: the Painted Monasteries, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. We will start our tour with a visit to Romania’s most renowned monastery: Voronet, a jewel of the UNESCO Northern Heritage, whose frescoes – featuring an intense shade of blue – have become famous throughout the world. Not far from here is the Sucevita Monastery, a beautifully painted monastery dominated by a shade of green. Our next stop will be at the Moldoviţa Monastery, an architectural masterpiece in the Byzantine style. The last visit for the day will be at Marginea, a famous folk art center, best known for the black ceramics which are made here. You will witness the craft of molding clay, according to a technique unique in the world. Afterward, you will be transferred back to Iasi.
Starting time: 08:00 AM
Trip duration: 12 hours
Voronet Monastery was built in 1488 in record time: three months, three weeks and three days, today being part of the UNESCO heritage. The exterior murals have preserved their hues despite centuries of inclement weather, but the ingredients used in preparing the paints are still a mystery. The scenes in the murals depict, like a movie, the history of Christianity, presented in an original manner, very much influenced by folk beliefs, by the Eastern culture, but also by the Orthodox thought.
Sucevita Monastery is the newest of the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina, and it was included in the UNESCO Heritage in 1993. It was built in a Moldavian style, with Gothic and Byzantine influences. The murals are dominated by a shade of green, obtained through an ancient technique from natural pigments.
Moldovita Monastery, included in the UNESCO heritage in 1993, was built between 1532 and 1537. For hundreds of years, the murals were the only way uneducated country dwellers could learn about the teachings of the Bible. The frescoes are an immense color illustration of Biblical scenes, adapted to the history of the place and to the important moments in the life of the community.
Marginea Black Pottery – In Northern Romania, the Dacian pottery tradition is carried on by a handful of craftsmen who manufacture black ceramic, according to an atypical process. The pottery made here is famous worldwide, 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. This one is carried out according to an ancient technique, transmitted from generation to generation, the secrets of which have never left Marginea.
In what languages can the tour be organized?
The tour can only be organized in English.
What is the pick-up location?
We will pick you up from the hotel, or from the requested location.
At what time does the tour start?
The tour starts at 08:00.