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Brancusi Memorial House, Brancusi sculptures, Horezu Monastery,
Polovragi Monastery, Oltet Gorges, Woman’s Cave
During a two day trip through Wallachia, we invite you to discover Horezu Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, two magnificent natural wonders in the area – Oltet Gorges and Woman’s Cave, and some insights into the life of one of Europe’s great sculptors, Constantin Brancusi, whose masterpieces can be admired in Targu Jiu.
1st day: Highway 1 Bucharest – Pitesti, Ramnicu Valcea, Horezu Monastery, Polovragi Monastery, Oltet Gorges, Woman’s Cave, Targu Jiu. Accommodation in Targu Jiu.
Built in the 17th century by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, Horezu Monastery is a masterpiece of the Romanian architectural style known as “Brancovenesc”, characterized by rich sculptural details, religious compositions, painted decorative works and a rich collection of frescoes and icons dating back to the end of the 17th century and the beginning of 18th century. Therefore, the monastery is one the 25 Romanian sites included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The nearby Horezu Village is one of the biggest and famous pottery centre in the country. Its fame crossed the borders of the country and people from all over Europe come here to buy the beautiful Horezu ceramic.
Woman’s Cave, the first electrified cave in Romania, has a unique history, a mix of different legends, myths and scientific discoveries. For example, in one of the galleries, known as Bears’ Gallery, an ancient unusual ‘cemetery’ was unveiled. More precisely, there were skeletons of dozens of wild animals, such as bears, wolves, foxes or deer. The name of the cave is related to a legend which points out the centuries of harsh battles between Romanians and Ottomans. During those battles, the women, children and elderly people took refuge to the cave, while men fought against the Ottomans. According to another legend, some of the cave’s galleries have mysterious healing powers, and women who cannot give birth, should visit the cave if they want to be fertile again.
2nd Day: Brancusi Memorial House in Hobita, Brancusi sculptures in Targu Jiu (the Endless Column, the Kiss Gate, the Table of Silence), Ecaterina Teodoroiu’s House (she was a Romanian World War I Hero), Dragasani vineyard, Scornicesti (Nicolae Ceausescu’s birth village), Pitesti, Bucharest.
Constantin Brancusi was a Romanian-born sculptor who started his career in Paris. Formal studies took him first to Bucharest, then to Munich and finally to Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There, Brancusi worked for two years in the workshop of Antonin Mercie and was invited to study in Auguste Rodin’s workshop. After only two months, he left Rodin’s studio, declaring that ‘Nothing can grow under large trees’. In the following years, Brancusi began developing the revolutionary style, that made him famous. His sculptures gained international notoriety in 1913, at the Armory Show in New York, the first exhibition of modern art held in USA.
In 1938, Brancusi finished the World War I monument in Targu Jiu, the city where he spent most of his childhood. The Kiss Gate, the Table of Silence and the Endless Column praise the courage and sacrifice of the Romanian soldiers and civilians who fought in 1916 against German troops. This ensemble marks the apex of Constantin Brancusi artistic career, as he created less than 15 pieces in his remaining 19 years.
Included visits: Horezu Monastery, Polovragi Monastery, Woman’s Cave, Hobita Memorial House.
Optional wine tasting at Dragasani Vineyard.
Included services: transport, one night accommodation in Targu Jiu, certified national guide, entrance fees to the above mentioned sites.
Please note: Meals are not included. Upon request, lunch/ dinner reservations in Ramnicu Valcea and Targu Jiu.
Photo tax not included.
Constantin Brancusi’s thoughts on art and life
‘Certain friends and protectors (…) tried without consulting me to have me admitted to Rodin’s studio. He accepted me as a student. But I refused because nothing grows under large trees. My friends were angry, ignorant as they were of Rodin’s reaction. When he learned of my decision, he simply said, ‘basically he’s right. He is as stubborn as a lamb.’
‘Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them.’
‘When we are no longer children, we are already dead.’
‘There are idiots who define my work as abstract; yet what they call abstract is what is most realistic. What is real is not the appearance, but the idea, the essence of things.’
‘I ground matter to find the continuous line. And when I realized I could not find it, I stopped
as if someone invisible had slapped my hands.’
‘Work like a slave; command as a king; create like a God.’