Tismana monastery - Gorj

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The Tismana monastery, is situated 10km north of the village of Tismana, deep in a Carpathian foothills valley. It was founded in 1375 and is the oldest monastery in Romania.

In this picture, taken in April 2005, the nuns are knocking each end of a wooded bar alternately in response to to the ringing of the metal "bell" at the church entrance.


© Eliznik2005, First issue 2002, Last updated Nov-05