This day will start with a traditional breakfast at The Hunter’s House of Guests.
In the morning, in order to benefit from the silence of the mountains we will visit The Tismana Monastery. It is one of the most ancient in Romania, and the oldest Monastery of Wallachia which is still being used. It is said that its origins are dating from the 14th century. Tismana means “fortress” in Dacian language. It is said that many years ago, Monk Nicodim found a beautiful and special place for building a monastery, which helped preserve for more than 600 years the entire nation’s faith in the Orthodox Religion. Tismana is certainly built in an astonishing place, surrounded by beautiful forests, waterfalls, rivers, caves, in a rich area regarding both fauna and flora. The Monastery inspires silence and peace. It houses very precious old paintings and it has a rich history. In World War II the National Bank Governor decided to move all the nation’s money and gold to Tismana in order to be safely preserved from the Russian invaders. After the visit to Tismana Monastery we will go to Hobita, the place of birth for the great sculptor Constantin Brancusi
Constantin Brancusi and his inspirational world
Constantin Brancusi, called “The Patriarch of the modern sculpture”, is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His work is known all over the world and can nowadays be seen in the most important museums in the world, such as The Museum of Modern Art from New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), The Pompidou Centre (Paris), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), National Gallery of Australia, Fukuoka Art Museum (Japan), Tate Gallery (UK), National Museum of Art of Romania. When you say Brancusi you say simplicity and passion. He was born in a family of peasants near the city of Targu Jiu, in the Romanian village called Hobita. He had soon adopted a very simple style of living, which can be seen by visiting his workshop in Paris, where he had lived a long period of his life. His passion and confidence in his dream of becoming a great artist were so big that they become symbolic. At some point in his life, Brancusi declined the invitation of Auguste Rodin to work in his studio by saying the famous phrase “nothing grows well in the shadow of a big tree”. He also made a trip of more than 1200 miles from Romania to France (Paris) on foot (because he came from a poor family, this was the only way of reaching Paris), in order to follow his dream, to learn at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Not only he had succeeded this, but he also opened the gates of sculpture for new and inspiring beginnings.
Hobita, the village where the great sculptor spent his childhod
Hobita, the village where the great sculptor spent his childhod Hobita is the village where, in February 1876, the great artist Constantin Brancusi was born. It is situated in the Southern part of The Carpathian Mountains, near Targu Jiu. It represents a rich place regarding folk traditions and it has a long history in wood crafting techniques. Nowadays, in Hobita one could visit the Constantin Brancusi Memorial House. It is the best place to understand the inspiration that the great artist has received during his childhood and also for understanding the peasants’ way of living at the end of the 19th century.
At noon we will be in Targu Jiu, where we can see some of the sculptures belonging to Brancusi and where we will have a traditional lunch.
Targu Jiu is the biggest city close to the village the great artist Constantin Brancusi was born. The city is special because it houses the Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brancusi, which is made out of 3 of the most impressive sculptures of the artist: the Table of Silence, the Gate of the Kiss and the Column of the Infinite (The endless column). Built in 1938, all of them are outdoor sculptures with a rich symbolism. The Column of the Infinite represents a memorial sculpture for the Romanian soldiers who died in the World War I. It symbolizes the infinite gratitude of the Romanian people for them and also the infinite cycle of life, inspired by the Orthodox Religion.
In the afternoon we will go north, toward the mountains. Before leaving this region we will stop at a beautiful house. Cula Cartiu (Casa Cartianu – Cartianu House) is a beautiful house built in 1760 which expresses the beautiful Romanian architectural style and an intelligent harmonization between wood and masonry. Nowadays it houses a small museum.
In our journey through the mountains we will pass near a Dacian fortress. Fortress Banita was built 2000 years ago, when the Dacians were living on this territory. The fortress was conquered by the Roman Empire in the year 106. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Even almost 2000 years later, at Banita one could still see the walls of the old fortress.
In the evening we will arrive on the other side of the mountains in the Hateg Region. A beautiful, large and modern Guest House built in nature will provide us with accommodation.