Horezu Monastery: An Architectural Masterpiece

The monastery of Horezu is included in our Romania UNESCO World Heritage Tour. Check the tour on www.uncover-romania-tours.com 

Horezu Monastery is one of the most representative sites of medieval architecture from Romania and the best-conserved legacy of the ‘Brancovenesc’ architectural style. Together with the traditional pottery of Horezu, they are the highlights of a picturesque valley from Southern Romania, declared an European Destination of Excellence for its valuable natural and cultural patrimony.

Horezu Monastery

Photo by Camelia TW

Centuries old history

The Monastery of Horezu, founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is one of the most emblematic symbols of the power the Orthodox Church had hundreds of years ago, actively influencing the culture and history of this area.

Horezu Monastery

Photo by Camelia TW

The legend has it that it was built only by night when a nocturne bird species called huhurezii sang, stopping the Ottomans from hearing the construction noise. Considered to be a masterpiece of the ‘Brancovenesc’ style for its architectural balance and richness of sculpted details, painted decorative works and religious compositions, Horezu Monastery is today one of the most important historical and cultural attractions in Romania.

Hand-made pottery tradition

Nevertheless, the monastery is not the only cultural attraction in Horezu. The local pottery tradition is a landmark of the area and one of the major cultural attractions in Romania due to its uniqueness and authenticity.

It uses traditional tools like the potter’s wheel, the jay, the horn or the oven, vivid colors and specific decorating elements like the spirals, the garlands or the dots, as well as the symbol of the cock, differentiating itself from all the other ceramic centers of the country. Transmitted from generation to generation, the craftsmanship of Horezu ceramics is truly amazing. For its originality and skillfulness, it was recently included on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

One of the top cultural destinations in the country, Horezu is a must for visitors looking for a slow-paced experience that combines architectural masterpieces, centuries old traditions and scenic natural surroundings. From medieval monasteries to nearby caves and gorges, Horezu is one of the best destinations in Romania.

The monastery of Horezu is included in our Romania UNESCO World Heritage Tour. Check the tour on www.uncover-romania-tours.com 

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Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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