Village of Bachkovo Bulgaria

The Garden of Park Hotel Imperial Plovdiv

Left the hotel, we are going to the Bachikovski Monastery.The village of Bachkovo is situated in the west part of Rhodopes Mountains, 28 km from Plovdiv.

Scenery on the way to the village of Bachkovo.

The car goes south along  the river of Chepelare, that takes its source from Rozhen Peak (around 1,500 m above sea level) in the Rhodopes, its length is about 87 km.

Chepelare River flowing through Bachkovo Village

The Chepelare runs through the town of Chepelare, the Bachkovo Monastery, as well as the second largest city of Plovdiv Province, Asenovgrad, further downstream, before emptying into the Maritsa River.

Arrived in the village of Bachkovo

The picturesque river of Chepelarska flows through the village. The village of  Bachkovo has a population of 300 inhabitants. It does not have any administrative functions. Located amidst the old green forests of the mountain, the village is a ideal place for ecological tourism. There are lots of chalets and well-marked tourist routes in the area.

The village centre of Bachkovo, from here we are warking to the monastery.

Walking to Bachkovo Monastery along the river of Chepelarska

Approached the monastery, a lot of shops appear.

The arch appears, we enter the sanctuary.

Going up the path. The path clims gently up to the monastery.

We arrived at Bachkovo Monastery at last.

Let’s get into the monastery.


Village of Madara Bulgaria

Next morning, I went for a walk around the hotel with the cameras after breakfast.

Balcony of my hotel room, “Primorski” citizen swimming pool, the street to the pool in front of the hotel and the statue of “The Dragons in Love.”

Created in the 2010 the statue of “Lovers dragons” is located in the Sea Garden of Varna, near the swimming complex “Primorski”. Now It’s one of the symbols of city of Varna.

Left the Panorama hotel in Varna, I’m going to the next destination of a little village called Madara in the morning. It is 80km to the village of Madara and will take about an hour.

On the way to the village of Madara, I stopped by a strange place called “Stone Forest.”

Stone Forest (Pobiti Kamani)

The Stone Forest (Stone Desert, Bulgarian Pobiti Kamani) is a widely scattered group of rock formations. It is a natural phenomenon, rocky desert located on the north west of the Varna Province border.

Stone Desert, Bulgaria

They say that it is a natural phenomenon, but some rock pillars are looked like as artificial for me. I think that it is a trace of an ancient temple or palace.

Left the Stone Forest, I am going to the destination, village of Madara.

Scenery on the way to the village of Madara Bulgaria.

Going to the mountain road into the village of Madara.

Madara is a village in Shumen Province, northeastern Bulgaria, part of Shumen municipality. It is a tiny village with a population of 1146 (2015 census) and the main industries are animal husbandry and dairy farming.

As entering the village of Madara, the Orthodox Church of “St. George and St. Triveli” is coming into view first.

The church of St. George the Victorious and St. Triveli and its interior, Madara Bulgaria

The Orthodox Church of St. George the Victorious and St. Triveli in the village of Madara was consecrated and opened on April 27, 2011. The church was new and beautiful.

The village centre of Madara.

Madara is famous for the Madara National Historical and Archaeological Reserve, located 1.5 km east of the village centre. Most importantly, Madara is the location of the famous Madara Rider, an 8th-century large rock relief carved by the Bulgars (Turkic semi-nomadic warrior tribes). So I’m going to there soon.

Arrived at the parking lot of the Historical Archeology Reserve of Madara.

The opposite of the parking lot is the Historical Museum of Madara.

The entrance of the National Historical Archaeological Reserve, Madara.

Roman ruins of there,

Madara Mountains, the relief of Madara Rider is on this steep cliff.

I’m going to walk up the stone stairs from now on to this steep cliff. I think that as I am old, it will be hard.

The stone steps to the Madara Rider, a Kaval seller was perfoming the end-blown flute on the way.

The kaval is a chromatic end-blown flute traditionally played throughout Bulgaria Romania and Armenia. The kaval is primarily associated with mountain shepherds.

Kavals, unique flutes.

The kaval is fully open at both ends, and is played by blowing on the sharpened edge of one end.

Arrived at the terrace in front of Madara horseman.

The Madara Raider (or Madara Horseman) is an early medieval large rock relief carved on the Madara Plateau east of Shumen Province in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of Madara.

The relief of Madara Rider (or Horseman) Bulgaria.

The Madara Rider, representing the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion, is carved into a 100-m-high of the cliff.

From the terrace of Madara Rider, I returned to the foot through the mountain path.

Cave church and dwelling of monks.

The Historical and Archaeological Reserve has Christian churches and monasteries from the First Bulgarian Empire.

I am walking down the mountain pass to the village Madara.


Monasteries of Bukovina Romania

Bukovina is a historical region in Central Europe. The northern half belongs to Ukraine and the southern half belongs to Romania. Here are the Moldavian monasteries, which the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Bukovina was a part of the historical principality of Moldova, from 1775 to 1918, the area with its multiethnic population belonged to the Habsburg monarchy. In the north-west lies East Galicia, in the south-west of Transylvania.

Mural painting churches in northern Moldavia

Arbore Monastery : Arbore is a commune located in Suceava County. It is composed of three villages, Arbore, Bodnăreni and Clit. The commune has a population of 6,719 in the 2011 census.

Scenery of Arbore village

The main industry of the village is animal husbandry and dairy farming. The village is located 35 km west of Suceava, it takes about 40 minutes by car.

Arrived at the church of Arbore

Church of Arbore was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The church was the first painted church to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the Churches of Moldavia.

The painted church of Arbore

Mural painting of the outer wall of the church

Mural painting of the inner wall of the church.

The monastery and the commune are named after the boyar Luca Arbore who built the church in 1503. (Boyar is a ruling class that existed in medieval Russia and Slavic countries.)

Churchyard of Arbore Monastery

Left the village of Arbore I am going to the next monastery in a village of Sucevita. On the way to Sucevita village, I decided to drop in a village of Marginea which is famous for ceramics.

Going into the Marginea village.

Village center of Marginea

Marginea is located in a picturesque area in Suceava County, 20 kilometers northwest from Arbore, along Sucevita Creek. It has a population of 8,552 inhabitants (2011 census).

The studio of the Black Ceramics of Marginea.

The black pottery produced at the Marginea is known internationally, mainly due to its black color obtained following an ancient burning technique. Marginea became a pottery center in the 16th century. The ceramic was mainly crafted for food storage or other purposes. 

Potter’s studio of Marginea : They mold the clay in a few minutes. I enjoyed seeing their works,and they are proud of thier working.

Marginea had about 60 families of potters and now there are only two to three families left. Only elders still know how to spin the wheel and burn the clay vessels in the furnace, just as their ancestors. During the communist era, owning a pottery wheel was considered a crime and many craftsmen had to give up or do it secretly.

Shop of the potter’s studio. Lovely pottery for easter egg.

Marginea is the only place in the world where the black color is obtained without adding anything to the clay paste.

After the Black Ceramics of Marginea, I am going to the neighboring village of Sucevița (Sucevita).

Sucevita Monastery : Sucevita (Sucevița) is a small settlement, located in the valley of Sucevita valley in northern Moldavia, lies on the Rout 17A. It has a population of 2762 ( 2011 ). Sucevita Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox convent, situated near the Suceviţa River, in the village Sucevița. It was built in Byzantine and Gothic in 1585 by Moldavian rulers.

Scenery of Sucevita Bukovina

Sucevita Monastery is located in the southern part of the historical region of Bukovina (northwestern Moldavia).

Arrived at the Sucevita Monastery Bukovina.

Bird’s eye view of the whole monastery of Sucevita.

Sucevita Monastery Bukovina, with the famous frescoes “angel ladder”

“Ladder of Angels”

St. George Church of Sucevita Monastery; good shaped painted church.

Both interior and exterior walls are covered by mural paintings, which are of great artistic value and depict biblical episodes from the Old and New Testament.

The interior court of the monastic ensemble is almost square (100 by 104 meters) and is surrounded by high (6 m), wide (3 m) walls.

In 2010, the Sucevita Monastery has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites, as one of the Painted churches of Moldavia.

Moldovita Monastery : Vatra Moldoviței is a commune located in the west-central part of Suceava County. (Vatra in Romanian means fireplace in English.) It lies on the banks of Moldovița River, and is composed of three villages: Ciumârna, Paltinu and Vatra Moldoviței. The latter village is the site of Moldovita Monastery. The first official record referring to the Vatra Moldoviței area dates to the time of Alexander the Good, who founded the Moldovița Monastery in 1402.

Moldovița River and Alexander the Good (Alexander I of Moldavia) was a Voivode of Moldavia, reigning between 1400 and 1432.

Going into the village of Vatra Moldoviței.

The village has a population of 4,099 inhabitants in 2011 census, and the economy is based mainly on the woodworking product and animal husbandry.

Arrived at Moldovita Monastery

Bird’s eye view of the whole monastery of Vatra Moldovita.

The Annunciation Church of Moldovita Monastery

Mural painting of the outer wall of the church.

Cute choir children : It was Sunday. I took pictures with the children of the choir. I wish for the happiness of these children forever.

Church of Moldovita Monastery, One of them is the Bishop of Rumanian Orthodox Church, This house is cells for nuns. The monastery is also surrounded by walls.

Humor Monastery : The village of Humor Monastery is  a commune in Suceava County, Bucovina. It is situated on the bank of Humor River. It took about 40 minutes (35 km) from Moldovita Monastery to the village of Humor Monastery. The main industries of the village are agriculture and livestock raising, the number of souvenir shops for tourists has increased recently. The village has a population 2.108 inhabitants (in 2011 survey). The locals are hard workers and kind for travelers. 

Scenery of the village of Moldovita Monastery.

The gate and fence of Humor Monastery .

Constructed in 1530, Humor Monastery is for nuns, dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. The Humor monastery was closed in 1786 and was not reopened until 1990.

Humor Monastery Map

Watch tower, the oversized cross is a historic grave, this house is a well with wheel to pull up water bucket and the church of Humor Monastery.

The church of Humor Monastery is the Dormition of the Mother of God Church (celebration in the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary’s being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended).

The church of Humor Monastery.

The church has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites, as one of the Painted churches of Moldavia.

Frescos of saints on the east side walls.

Frescos on the western porch wall “The Final Judgment”

Finally I took pictures of the church and left the monastery.

There is a new convent next to the old monastery. It has a beautiful shap.

Voronet Monastery : Voronet is a really small village in Romania, located in the northern part of Moldova, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. It takes 20 or 30 minutes from Humor Monastery to Voronet Monastery by car, it is approximately 10 km.

Crossed the Moldova River, I am going into the village center of Voronet.

The village of Voronet has a population of 682 inhabitants. They are making a living through stock raising, producing some fruit and vegetables. As they are religious, kind for travelers.

Arrived in front of Voronet Monastery, I am walking down a path in the church yard to the monastery. Entrance gate of Voronet Monastery, let’s get into the monastery.

Overhead view of the Voronet Monastery.

The Monastery Voronet is a medieval monastery for wemen in the Romanian, village of Voronet. The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the victory at at Battle of Vaslui. (Battle of Vaslui was fought in 1475, between Moldavia and the Ottoman.)

St. George Church of Voronet Monastery

The Ma few kilometers south of Gura HumoruluOften known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, the frescoes of St. George Church at Voronet  feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as “Voronet blue.”

Brilliant “Voronet blue,” the southern wall of the church

Frescos on the southern wall, “Tree of Jesse (Eshai)”

Famous frescos “Last Judgment” on the western wall.

I roamed a little around the St. George church, then I left the monastery.

Gateway of Voronet Monastery

After this, I am going to return to the hotel in Suceava, and will leave the city for the next destination tomorrow.

Ieud&Bogdan Vodâ Maramureș Romania

I am driving Route DJ186 from Bârsana to a small village Ieud in Maramureş. It will take 40 minutes (28 km)

Arrived in the village of Ieud.

Ieud is the village of the commune with the same name in Maramureş County, Transylvania ,Ieud is a commune in Maramureș County in northern Romania. The commune is situated on the banks of the Ieudișor, a tributary of the Iza River. It has a population of 4,318 inhabitants (2011). Romania . It has a population of 4,318 inhabitants (2011).

Village center of Ieud: Going to the famous church, registered as a World Heritage Site.

Climbed up a hill, a churchyard appears first.

Built in 1364, the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God is the oldest of eight Wooden Churches of Maramureş that are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Arrived at the church of “The Birth of Mother of God” Ieud Maramureş.

The walls of the wooden church are made by oak board and the roofs are covered with a roof tile of fir tree.

The Birth of Mother of God Ieud

At the church, there was no concierge who has the key of the church, I could not get inside. So, I show the brochure below.

The Birth of Mother of God Church, Ieud Maramureş

The brochure of the Birth of Mother of God, Ieud.

Leaving the wooden church of Ieud, I am going to the neighboring village, Bogdan Vodâ. It takes just 5 minutes by car.

Through a bridge across Iza River to the village center of Bogdan Vodâ.

Soon I arrived at the place called “Parcul Central” (Central Park) on the Route DJ186, Bogdan Vodă. Bogdan Vodă is a commune in Maramureș County, northern Romania, it is situated on the bank of Iza River. It has a poplation of 2,445 inhabitants in 2011. The main industries are agriculture and livestock, often the cattle market is held.

Arrived in front of Biserica Sfântul Nicolae (Saint Nicholas Church).

Wooden Church of Saint Nicholas Bogdan Vodâ

Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the wooden church was built in 1718, on the place of the old one, burned by the Tatars in 1717.

Churchyard and interior of St. Nicholas Bogdan Vodă.

When I left the St. Nicholas Church, there was a modern beautiful church next door.

Very beautiful modern shaped Church of the Lord’s Resurrection, unfortunately I did not have time to enter the church.

Church of the Lord’s Resurrection

Bogdan Vodă is composed of two villages, Bocicoel (Kisbocskó) and Bogdan Vodă. The commune was named after its significant native, Bogdan I, the second founder of Moldavia.

Statue of Bogdan I in the Central Park of Bogdan Vodâ

National hero of Bogdan I, Bogdan the Founder, was the first independent ruler, Voivode of Moldavia in the 1360s.

Traditional private house in the village of Bogdan Vodâ, it’s a nice house!

From now on, I am going to the city of Suceava, today’s accommodation. It is likely to take for a long time.

I am running to east on the Route DN18. A wagon is still working in this area. It is really peaceful.

Eventually, I am running on the rord in the mountains. The mountain to see in the distance is Ukraine.

Arrived at the Prislop Pass Monastery.

Prislop Pass is a mountain pass in northeastern Romania, connecting the historical regions of Maramureş and Bukovina over the Rodna Mountains, in the Eastern Carpathians.

The Prislop Pass is situated at an elevation of 1,416 meters.

The Prislop Pass is very nice scenery. But the guide is looking at the watch so I should get into the car. It takes about three hours to the city of Suceava.

Barsana Maramureş Rumania

On the way to Ieud Maramureş I decided to call at a small village of Bârsana. It’s famous for the old wooden churches. 

Scenery of Maramureş: Going to a city called Bârsana.

Getting into the village of Bârsana and arrived at a souvenir shop in the center.

Bârsana was formed in the Iza valley at the beginning of the 14th century. It is a commune in Maramureș County, Romania. It is composed of two villages, Bârsana and Nănești and has a population of 4,474 inhabitants.

A church spire could be seen in the distance, So I am walking up a narrow mountain path.

 Eventually, an old desolated cemetery appeared. And an old wooden church rises in the center. It is the wooden church of the Mother of God in Bârsana.

Old abandoned tombstones around the church.

Biserica de lemn „Intrarea Maicii Domnului în Biserică” (The Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple)

The church is part of the wooden churches of Maramureș World Heritage Site, and is located in Bârsana Commune, Maramureş County, Romania.

Iconostasis of the church

The church was built in 1720 and it features some of the most representative baroque indoor murals in Maramureş. It has a collection of icons painted on glass and old religious books.

Wall paintings of the church Bârsana.

Going down the mountain path through the church yard.

Left the Church of the Mother of God, I am going to the Orthodox  Monastery (Nunnery) of Bârsana.

The traditional private house gates of Maramureș and a roadside cross.

Their sculptures are splendid, I think that you can understand why there are many wooden churches in this area.

Arrived in front of the Orthodox Convent of Bârsana.

The gate of the Orthodox Convent. “Let’s get into it.”

Bârsana Monastery Plan (post card)

Extensive monastery Garden, very beautiful.

Bell tower (left) and wooden church (right)

Approaching the wooden church. This church is devoted to the Apostles.

Now, let’s get into this wooden church.

Iconostasis of the ground floor chapel, where daily masses are held.

Ceiling paintings of the chapel

The majestic Christ, the twelve apostles (Judah without the halo), the four gospel writers and the three angels (Ruschel, Gabriel, Michael) In the Bible.

Moved to the upper floor : Interior of the wooden church, it is very solemn.

Iconostasis of the church

After this I climbed to the top floor and looked at the whole monastery. It was a very pastoral and peaceful landscape.

Summer Chapel (view from the church) : In the chapel, the mass is done on a fine weather day in summer.

The left house is the residence for monk, the right is for nuns. (Strangely, there was only one monk.)

Left the church, I am walking to the village parking lot through the monastery.

The guest house and the museum of the Monastery, a souvenir shop near the gate of the monastery and Bârsana village.

After this, I will go to a village of Ieud Maramureş. Ieud is also famous for the wooden churchs of the world heritage.

Săpânța, northern Romania

From Cluj-Napoca I arrived at the booked Hotel Carpați in the city of Baia Mare at dusk. The Hotel Carpaţi is a 4 star hotel located on the shore of Săsar River.

Baia Mare Hotel Carpați, Views from the hotel room.

Baia Mare is a municipality along the Săsar River, in northwestern Romania; it is the capital of Maramureș County. The city of Baia Mare has a population of 123,738 at the 2011 census.

The next morning I woke up at 5:30. So I went for a walk with the cameras early in the morning.

The front of the Hotel Carpaţi, Crossing the Culture Bridge over the Săsar River, Walking into the Dacia Park, Maramures County Council.

After early morning walk, had breakfast, I am going to a little village Called Săpânța Maramureș. It will take an hour 30 minutes.

Maramureș is situated on the northeastern Carpathians (the highest peaks exceed 2,600 m) along the upper Tisa River. It is a geographical, historical and ethno-cultural region in northern Romania.

Maramureş Grassland

Scenery of Maramureş

Arrived at the village of Săpânța, I am going into the village center, where has the famous funny churchyard.

Welcoming Gate, Main Street, and Colorful unique houses of the village of Sapânţa

Sapânţa is a village of the commune with the same name in Maramureş County, Transylvania. It has a population of 2,903 inhabitants (2011).

The Merry Cemetery Săpânța is famous for its colorful tombstones with naiveté paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the people who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.

Arrived in front of the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Săpânța.

Here is a famous merry churchyard of Sapânţa Maramureș in the wrold. Let’s get into it.

Ortodoxă Biserica Nașterea Maicii Domnului (Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God)

Walking into the churchyard.

Who did come up with such a tombstone cross?

Each grave has a picture showing its life.

Unique Tomb’s Pictures

(I was an apple farmer, a woodcutter, a veterinarian, a farmer with a flour mill, a musician, a good weaver, a toast with wife after harvest, well, my life has been pleasant.)

The cemetery’s origins are linked with the name of Stan Ioan Pătraş, a local artist who sculpted the first tombstone crosses. In 1935, Pătraș carved the first epitaph and, as of the 1960s, more than 800 of such oak wood crosses came into sight.

Local artest, Stan Ioan Pătraş, tomb

The inscription on his tombstone cross says:

Since I was a little boy                                                                                                        I was known as Stan Ioan Pătraş                                                                                Listen to me, fellows                                                                                                    There are no lies in what I am going to say

All along my life                                                                                                                  I meant no harm to anyone                                                                                            But did good as much as I could                                                                                      To anyone who asked

Oh, my poor World                                                                                        Because It was hard living in it

Funny epitaphs:

…Now I will tell you a good one                                                                                          I kind of liked the plum ţuica                                                                                         With my friends at the pub                                                                                                  I used to forget what I came for

I thought that he was a happy life, and want to bless him. So I decied to go to his house. Former Stan Ioan Pătraş’s workshop is now a small museum. The guide is looking at the watch.

Walk for about 5 minutes, you can reach the CASA Sãpânțanã, former Stan Ioan Pătraş’s workshop.

Inside of the museum of CASA Sãpânţanã

Ioan Pătraş’ bedroom, workplace, restored work. And the photograph of him and the family. Ioan Pătraş seems to have loved this job.

Souvenir shops Săpânța: After the museum of CASA Sãpânţanã I bought souvenirs here.

When I went out of the souvenir shop, a carriage with two horses passerby.

They are very good horses. I got on horses in Hungary and Switzerland, so I can understand horses well.

Oh, I have to go to the next village of Ieud Maramureş.

Biertan Transylvania, Rumania

Biertan is a commune in central Romania, in the north of the Sibiu County, 80 km north of Sibiu. It has a population of 2,519 inhabitants in the 2011. Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993.

Scenery from Sibiu to Biertan Rumania

The Biertan fortified church was the see (Bishop province) of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. The commune is composed of three villages: Biertan, Copșa Mare and Richiș, each of which has a fortified church.

I am going into the village of Richiş first.

Richiş is a tiny village with a population of 679 inhabitants, but  it’s famous for the fortified church.

Walking to the village cente . Calm and quiet village.

I’ve heard that the number of people from European countries migrating to this village is increasing.

The village center of Richiș.

Evangelical-Lutheran Church Richiș

Evangelical fortified church in Retterberg foothills was built between 1350 and 1451, the late Gothic style, two Annexes and cross-nave basilica, it is the model of the Episcopal Church. As I have no time, so I took some photos of the church from outside and headed to the next village, Biertan.

After the tiny village of Richiș, arrived at the neighboring village Biertan and I am walking the main street of Aurel Vlaicu to the village center, in front of the fortified church. Vietnam is also a small village, it has a population of 1872 inhabitants.

Scenery of Biertan village. It is quiet.

The Biertan fortified church comes into view.

Arrived in front of the fortification church in Biertan.

The Biertan fortified church is a Lutheran fortified church in Biertan, in the Transylvania region. It was built by the ethnic German Transylvanian Saxon community at a time when the area belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary. Briefly Roman Catholic, it became Lutheran following the Reformation.

Biertan Fortified Church Plan

Entrance of the fortification church of Biertan.

Gate Tower of Fortified Church

Entered the fortified church complex, access to the church is up a covered wooden staircase dating from 1795.

I’m walking up the covered staircase that is almost 100 m long.

Massive solid walls, the phot was taken from the staircase window.

Biertan Fortified Church had three defensive walls.

The King granted the town the right to bear arms when the Ottoman army was frightening the surroundings. The Transylvanian Saxons chose to build instead of fortresses around the towns, to fortify the churches.

Fortified Basilica Biertan

Walked up and got out the staircase, there is a Gospel Church. Let’s get into it.

Interior of Fortified Basilica

Very beautiful altarpiece of the Basilica

Got out of the fortified church, I was looking at the idyllic village.

Quiet village of Biertan, view from the fortified church.

The Fortified Church had three defensive walls with towers and gateways. Each of the towers had a different function. One was used by the villagers to store bacon in case of siege. Another was used for parish meetings.

Catholics Tower, clock tower and bell tower of the fortified church.

Catholics Tower ; When it was built, the church was Roman Catholic, but later it  became a Lutheran Church after the Reformation. The Roman Catholics were allowed to keep a small chapel in one of the towers for worship.

Mausoleum Tower

Headstones in Mausoleum Tower

Biertan Local Museum; House for divorcing couples.

This is a house like a jail. The house was used to confine a couple wanting to divorce, for one or two weeks.What is the result of it?

Inside of the house, just one single bed is in the room.

It’s time to leave the fortified church, I’m walking down to the outside of the church.

Got out the Fortified Church, there is a square called 1st December 1918. (Great Union Day, occurring on December 1 1918, is the national holiday of Romania. It commemorates the assembly of the delegates of ethnic Romanians held in Alba Iulia, which declared the Union of Transylvania with Romania.)

Square 1st December 1918 of Biertan

Leaving the Fortified Church of Biertan for the next village Copşa Mare.

Running to the village of Copşa Mare from Biertan, the landscape is pastoral and very beautiful.

Arrived at the edge of Copşa Mare. Most of the streets are not paved.

Copşa Mare is a village in the municipality of Biertan, Transylvania Rumania. It has a population of 444 inhabitants, it’s a really tiny village. The nearest major cities is Sighișoara, about 20 km north-east.

Walking to the village center. The houses are like Biertan.

The main industries of the village are wine production, stock raising and dairy farming. Beekeeping is also thriving. If you come to this village, you should better buy honey.

A wagon loaded with grass came over. The old man greeted me. . “De unde vă aflați?” (I think that he said where are you from?) And I replied “I’m from Tokyo.” “Enjoy!” He’s gone.

I’m approaching the village center.

Arrived at the village center of Copşa Mare. The fortified church rises above the hill.

Unfortunately, I do not have enough time, so I have to take pictures and return to the car hastily.

Fortified Basilica (Lutheran Church) Copșa Mare

Copşa Mare had few tourists becouse it is far from the national highway and railway station.

Leaving the village of Copşa Mare.

The villagers of Copşa Mare are simple, honest and kind to travelers. I wanted to send the rest of my life in this village, if possible. I am too old to be able to do so.

Young farmer is coming back home with hay.

I am in a hurry to the next destination, Sighișoara.