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Decebalus Rex in Danube's Cauldrons

Would you like some beautiful and useful souvenirs from Romania? In our tours you can see and buy a lot of interesting things. Pots, cookers, cans, stockpots, saucepots, flesh pots traditional costumes, carpets and covers  are all both decorative and practical.  You will be able to experience pottery, glass, masks and other crafts in traditional workshops.   

In Romania artizans still made pottery on traditional kick-wheels with simple finishing tools. There are approximately 30 pottery centers, each with its own distinctive style. The most known ones are: Horezu in Oltenia,Miercurea-Ciuc, Corund, Baia Mare, Radauti and Marginea.
Horezu ceramics represents a unique traditional craft transmitted through family in workshops from master to apprentice. Each artizan has his own method for shaping the clay, but everyone respects the sequence of operations. It is their skill in combining decoration and colors that give the personality and uniqueness of these ceramics. The women usually decorate the objects with traditional motifs using vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and "Horezu Ivory". This trade has remained the main source of income for many family of potters from Horezu and the other pottery centers. The pictures above show you several of the beautiful ceramics of Horezu.

pottery workshops for tourists
pottery workshops for tourists
girls dancing a medieval dance of princesses

Did you Know ?

The name "Romania" comes from the Latin word "Romanus" which means "citizen of the Roman Empire."

Romanian is the only latin language which has developed in the Eastern part of Europe, the rest of them being slavic

The modern jet engine was invented by the Romanian inventor Henri Coanda in 1910.

On 18th of March 1906 Romanian inventor Traian Vuia was the first European to build and fly a fully self-propelled, fixed-wing ‘automobile airplane.

The insulin was discovered by teh Romanian scientist Nicolae Paulescu. He originally called it pancreine.

The fountain pen was invented by Romanian Petrache Poenaru. It was patented in May 1827.

In 1938 Romanian Stefan Odobleja published "Psychology consonantiste" in Paris. He set the basic themes of cybernetics. His work appeared ten years before Norbert Wiener’s ideas were printed. Stefan Odobleja is considered to be the "Father of Cybernetics".

The earliest Homo sapiens fossils, up to now, were discovered in 2002 in south-western Romania, in the Cave of Bones. The fossil’s age is estimated at 37,800 to 42,000 years old.

The statue of Dacian king Decebal, carved in the rocky bank of the Danube's Cauldrons, is the tallest rock sculpture in Europe (135 feet tall).

Europe’s second largest underground glacier, the Scarisoara glacier, is found underneath the Bihor Mountains in Romania. It has a volume of 75,000 cubic meters and has existed for more than 3,500 years.

Herastrau Park  is Europe’s largest park within a city. It covers over 270 acres (110 ha),  .

Bucharest was the first city in the world illuminated by oil lamps (1895).

Timisoara became the first city of Europe with electric street lighting in 1889.

Timisoara was also the first European city with horse-drawn trams in 1869.

Romania’s famous Peles Castle, from Sinaia, was the first completely electrified castle in Europe. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.

The first screening of projected motion pictures  took place in Bucharest in 1896, shortly after the world premiere in Paris. One of the Lumière brothers projected several films for Bucharest’s high society.

Wood Craft

In Romania artisans still know how to make hand-carved decorations in complex patterns.  Stars and moons, trees of life and twisted ropes, flowers and wolf teeth to ward off evil spirits are more than purely decorative. They hold a meaning being associated with myths and superstitions. You will be able to buy beautiful decorative objects like: spoons, ladles, small furniture, multi-piped pan flutes, keepsake chests or walking sticks.

You can see elaborated carved wood trimmed homes, gates and fances in Maramures, an area situated in north of Romania. Historically, the importance  of a family in this community was displayed through the gate. The more elaborated the gate, the more important the family was considered in the community.  The “Merry Cemetery” of Sapanta is in this area and it's worth to go and see it. The famous cemetery has blue wooden crooses with scenes from the deceased's life and humorous verses that reflect good and imperfections of the deceased. Even if you do not know Romanian, you can admire this impressive handiwork of the sculptor Stan Ion Patras and his successors. He began his work in 1935.

wooden church of Maramures front view

Another important landmark in Maramures is represented by the wooden churches. They have a unique shape of roofs with tall and narrow pointed steeples. Eight of these churches of Maramureş have been listed by UNESCO as  as World Heritage Sites since 1999, for their traditional timber architecture.

Merry Cemetery from Sapanta in Maramures
craftwoman in wood at workshops
Romanian icons painted on glass

Glass Craft

In Romania, glass artisans still create art turning out molded, hand-carved and hand-blown glass pieces.

Another glass craft is r
everse painting on glass. The icon painters use to apply paint to a piece of glass and when you turn the glass over you look through the glass at the reverse image. In our tours you will be able to have an authentic experiencewith  the glass painting craft in our entertaining workshops.

tourists in a glass painting workshop
tourists at glass painting workshop

Mask Craft

One of the most interesting and funny craft is manufacturing of masks. They are usually used at folk festivals held predominantly in winter for celebration of Christmas and New Year.

Masks craftmen use to make the masks from the hides of sheep, goats or cow and decorate them with colorful fabrics, pompoms, beans, metallic bits,s traw and animal horns. You will have the opportunity to experience this handicraft in our tours.

tourists at a masks workshop in Sibiu
masks handicraft workshop
tourists handicraft traditional masks

Other Handicrafts

There are many other handicrafts you can experience in our workshops. We invite you see below pictures from our workshops with tourists. We are sure you will enjoy an authentic experience with our amazing Romanian traditional handicrafts...read more

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