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[25 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Sihăstria Monastery from Neamț County

Sihăstria Monastery
Continuing our itinerary, only 3 km away, we come across one of the most blessed hermitages of the area, where the hermits secluded here from the Neamţ and Secu monasteries spent their life in humbleness and prayer, seeking peace and solitude.
Later on, the bishop Ghedeon of Huşi commissioned a hermitage in 1655, which was rebuilt between 1824 and 1826, of river stones and bricks owing to the efforts of Veniamin Costache, the Metropolitan Bishop. The then newly built church, dedicated to The Virgin’s Birth, was built in the classical …

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[22 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Secu Monastery from Neamț County

Secu Monastery
The beginnings of the old monastic settlement in the commune of Vânători-Neamţ are connected to the hermitage Zosima the hermit settled here in 1530. The small church of the hermitage was commissioned by Prince Petru Rareş (1527-1546), on the site of the current church in the monastery graveyard. Then, Nestor Ureche, the high “vornic” [Minister of Internal Affairs] and father of the chronicler Grigore Ureche, commissioned a new church, in 1602, dedicated to St John’s the Baptist Beheading, and part of the households implements necessary to the monastic community.
The …

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[18 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
The Vânători Neamţ Natural Park, from Neamț County

The Vânători Neamţ Natural Park
Stretching on 30,818 hectares, of which 26,300-hectare forestry fund, the park encompasses remarkable cultural and historical values partly highlighted on our way. Three natural reservations, imbibed with legend and natural charm welcome the visitor: “Codrii de aramă” (common oaks), “Pădurea de Argint” (birches), and the oak reservation “Dumbrava”, which contains secular oaks, between 150 and 200 years old, the only oaks grown in Romania at an altitude of 450 m.
The Dragoş Vodă Auroch Reservation
Once an iconic component of the Carpathian wildlife, the auroch is the …

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[15 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Neamţ Monastery from Neamț County

Neamţ Monastery
In the commune Vânători-Neamţ, 15 km north-west from Târgu-Neamţ, the visitors may find the oldest and most important monastic establishment in Moldova. Over the centuries, its founding fathers were the voivodes Petru I Muşat (1375-1391), Alexandru cel Bun (1400-1432), and Ştefan cel Mare (1457-1504), the last having commissioned here the most beautiful of the churches built during his reign, when visitors can admire the miracle-making Virgin Mary icon, painted in 665 in Israel [???].
Within the large and strongly fortified precinct of the monastery, there are two churches (The Ascension …

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[12 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
The Neamţ Stronghold from Neamț County

The Neamţ Stronghold
A watchtower over the Neamţ River valley, built under Petru I Muşat, the voivode whose main interest was to resist the Ottoman invasions. During the first stage of the stronghold, a central fort was built protected by 12m-high and 2-3m-thickwalls. There was also a fountain in the centre of the premises. Later on, Ştefan cel Mare extended and consolidated the entire fortification by adding a new belt of walls and four semi-circular defence tours. He also commissioned the increase of the wall height, the defence moat, the arch …

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[9 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
History and Ethnography Museum in Târgu-Neamţ

The beginnings of the museum date back to 1940, when the first exhibition organised displayed artefacts unearthed during the archaeological research at the Neamţ Stronghold. The museum itself was set up in 1957, within the ceremonies celebrating 500 years from the ascent of Ştefan cel Mare to the Moldavian throne. The current venue, housing the museum since 1978, is the building where the well-known Princely School (built in 1853) was opened. Among others, Ion Creangă and the future-to-be great philosopher Vasile Conta, born in Grumăzeşti, close to Humuleşti, went to …

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[4 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
The Silver Forest from Neamț County

The Silver Forest
On the route to Văratec, close to the holy site, in a charming natural environment, on the right side of the road, travellers set their eyes on the The Silver Forest – a protected forestry and landscape reservation since 1972. Covering some 2.5 hectares, the forest belongs to the Vânători-Neamţ Natural Park. Passing by, travellers cannot help remembering Eminescu’s well-known poem dedicated to the forest, mainly birches, some of which around one hundred years old.
The Brass Woods
Between the Agapia and Văratec convents, on Filiorul hill, at a height …