Dobrogea History, Christian Belief and Wine Traditions near Pontus Euxinus
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During this trip the ancient realm of Dobrogea will reveal itself. Three monuments dating back to the Dacian era and an important orthodox pilgrimage site dating from the XIth century A.D will be your destination.
Morning 8 o’clock
Departure from hotel to Călăraşi. After the ferry crossing the Danube near Silistra, we will continue the way to our first stop, Dervent Monastery, a place of miraculous healings and exorcism rituals.
We will travel in time from the XIth to IInd century A.D. stopping by Saint Andrew’S cave, the place where it is believed that the apostle lived for a short time and christianized the Geto-Dacians back in the Ist century.
Further we explore the remains of Adamclisi a monument build to commemorate the victory of the
Roman Army conducted by the emperor Traian against the Geto-Dacians ruled at that time by Decebal. The monument “Tropaeum Traiani” (The Trophy of Traian) dating from 109 A.D celebrates the annexation of the province Dacia to the Roman Empire after the second Roman – Dacian war (105 – 106 A.D).
According to Thracian legends the god of mystical drunkenness Bacchus-Dionysus is born on Murfatlar hills. Here you can enjoy a pleasant wine tasting and an optional late lunch, that will guide your senses towards a mystical reverie which will keep you enchanted all the way back to Bucharest.
Included Services: transportation (also ferry crossing) , certified national tour guide, entrance fees to Dervent Monastery, Saint Andrew’s Cave, Adamclisi “Tropaeum Traiani” Archeological complex , wine tasting and light lunch at Murfatlar Cellars.
Photo tax not included!
Truth and legend at the mouths of Danube and Pontus Euxinus
Dobrogea – Dobruja, meaning the land of dark green pastures, is the land between the lower Danube River and the Black Sea, and includes the Dobruja Mountains (dating from the Lower Cretaceous), the Danube Delta, Romanian coast, and the northernmost part of the Bulgarian coast. The Romanian territory of Dobruja comprises Northern Dobruja. This land was inhabited from ancient times by the Scythians and Geto-Thracians therefore the land also named Scythia Minor in the Antiquity was visited by Saint Andrew for 20 years. The apostle preached the Gospel to the Daco-Romans, whom he is said to have converted to Christianity. The researcher George Alexandrou supposes that St. Andrews felt very close to the Dacians because they were monotheists. During that period St. Andrew traveled around the Danube territories and along the coast of the Black Sea, but mostly he stayed in and around his cave in Dobruja (located in the vicinity of the Ion Corvin village). St. Andrew’s cave is still kept as a holy place.
The beauty of the land near Pontus Euxinus was masterly described by Ovid, the famous author of Ars Amandi – The art to love, banished by the Roman Empire to die on the coast of Black Sea. He described the sadness of his exile in poetical meters in the poetical works: Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto.
In the XXth century Dobruja is described by the foreign travelers as the most exotic side of the Kingdom of Romania housing a mosaic of many different nationalities: Ukrainian Lipoveni, Turcs, Tatars, Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, Germans, Jews, Italians etc. each with their own stories.
Dobruja is a windy region once known for its windmills which are replaced today by modern wind turbines.
According to Greek sources the Geto-Thracians were famous wine consumers and worshipped Bacchus-Dionysos, the God of wine that is believed to have been born in Murfatlar area. This area of land hosts, as the legend states, the oldest wineries and even today vast patches of land are cultivated by the local population with wine. Even some ancient Christian symbols have been found carved in a cave near Murfatlar. The Murfatlar cellars have immense space that deposit vintage wines.