National Village Museum, Bucharest, Romania

By |2018-03-06T16:52:01+00:00January 12, 2016|Categories: Europe, Photo of the Day, Romania|Tags: , , |4 Comments
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The interior of one of the wooden churches of the Maramures region that was transplanted to Bucharest.

One of the best things about the Viking River Cruises we’ve taken are the tours organized by Viking at the various stops. One of the best was of the National Village Museum in Bucharest, a huge park where the Romanians have gathered hundreds of buildings transplanted from various sites around the country. The buildings, ranging from homes, to churches, to rudimentary factories, make a fascinating introduction to the various styles and historical culture of Romania.

Unfortunately, we only had about an hour at the National Village Museum and so were barely able to get more than a rough introduction to the wealth of exhibits contained in over 270 transplanted buildings. I particularly wanted to spend more time with the large wooden machines which were driven by water power and used to dye cloth and make felt.

You can see more detail on the Wooden Churches of Maramures and the Fortified Churches of Transylvania by clicking on these links. Both of those collections of churches are UNESCO World Heritage sites in Romania.

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A reconstructed village home’s dining area and kitchen.

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The traditional wooden church, reflected in the park’s lake.


  1. Howard Hogshead January 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    We spent a day in Bucharest before embarking on our cruise UP the danube. The initial evening was inn a park which was quite nice. The cruise was memorable in many ways.

    • Tom Bartel January 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Yes, I think that part of Bucharest was where Ceausescu and his cronies lived, according to the tour we got. Some very nice places in there.

  2. Debra Journet January 15, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

    You should visit the Maramures, where most of the wooden churches are. Also the painted monasteries in Bucovina, if you’ve not already been there. It’s the kind of place I think you would like.

    • Tom Bartel January 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      We did visit Maramures, although we found it difficult to find, and then get into the wooden churches. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to get to Bucovina. We did see several of the fortified churches in Transylvania, though. But, again, they are difficult to find and then they’re not open unless you can find a caretaker. Romania could do a lot better job of showing off its patrimony. My post on the fortified churches is yet to come.

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