This is not our first journey on the magic lands of Bucovina, but last time we haven’t managed to cover but a little part of the beauties and attractions offered by this fascinating historical region of Moldova. And still we are not done! But before moving further, let’s see what today’s visit has to offer!
Cacica Salt Mine
Take a break from your journey among Bucovina monasteries to breathe salt air (mixed with a soft flavor of the lamp oil) inside the mine of Cacica. This saline is different from those that you are probably familiar with, like the ones in Slanic-Prahova, Turda or elsewhere. Because we are talking basically of a mine whose construction began in 1791 and which later one, in the years ahead, experts and Polish workers had been working at.
The mine entrance is done with the help of some wooden stairs that have 200 years old; there are also 200 steps, just so you know what to expect again on your way out. Browsing the galleries, before reaching the wide-open spaces, could be a challenge for the claustrophobic, but the ride itself has its undeniable charm. In the mine you can visit the ballroom, the gym (where you can play football or basketball) or the little church, located at a depth of 27 meters, carved into salt.
If you intend to visit the mine, do not forget to take a coat, because in the depths, the temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius. You should also know that the football field is located to a depth of 37 meters, so if you want to play football here, it will definitely be an interesting experience that most professional football players haven’t had, at least so far.
Chancellor Toader Bubuiog is “guilty” of building this monastery in 1530, thus being a private foundation project because Bubuiog was not a leader. Bearing the ephram of the Assumption, Humor Monastery was fortified in 1641 by Vasile Lupu, who built the strong walls around it.
The church has painted exterior walls and the interior frescoes are made in the style of other monasteries of Bucovina, such as Voronet, Arbore, Moldovita and Sucevita.
While in the area, go visit the Tower of Vasile Lupu, located in the northeast of the enclosure, which is not part of the fortification, but it’s a beautiful and very interesting touristic attraction, loaded with history and legends.
The Egg Museum in Vama
Do not go through Bucovina without making a stop at the Egg Museum of Customs, a private museum belonging to Letitiei Orsivschi, professor of textile and decorative art. You’ll live a great experience, along with a popular artist that will be your guide for an hour through the magical world of an object about which Constantin Brancusi said that represents “the mother of all forms”: the egg.
Letitia Orsivschi has gathered in the two rooms of the museum (opened 7 years ago) a fantastic collection of over 3000 eggs, whose story she will reveal with passion. Eggs from around the world, from all continents, decorated, painted, and worked on every way … eggs of all kinds, from the smallest to giant ostrich eggs. In addition, you will see collections of eggs, some older than 50 years (from the collection of the family), all wearing endorsed a local craft that lasts for centuries and which induce a symbolic strong religious or secular feeling, depending on the pattern chosen for decoration. At the end of the visit you can buy your own decorated eggs – as perfect memories of a visit in Bucovina.
The pearl of Bucovina must be visited on a journey of its own. The resort is situated in one of the most beautiful areas in Romania – Dorna Depression – and will enchant you with its fairy-tale-like scenery, with deep forests, fresh air and mineral water springs. You can admire the beauty of nature from above (1400 meters high), by taking the chairlift, with or without the need of having your ski equipment. And while there, you must visit the Central Park known for the friendly and always hungry squirrels that answer by the name “Mariana”; they will approach you if you lure them with wall nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and other such delights. In the Central Park, which is a part of Vatra Dornei National Park, you can also visit the Japanese Pavilion, the Holy Trinity Church, the Museum of Ethnography and the insolite castle nearby that marks the existence of a mineral water spring with a high content of iron.
To be continued with the rest of wonders and attractions…
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