Bukovina Pilgrimage Starts in Vienna

Vienna has come up with interesting ways to entertain its visitors. Other than offering exciting tours within the city covering enchanting historical landmarks, this Austrian capital has tied up with Romania’s Tourism Ministry for a pilgrimage project for tourists wanting to visit the neighboring country after Vienna.

At Vienna’s recent Holiday Fair 2010, the so called Pilgrimage to Bukovina was successfully launched. The joint project that will cover Vienna and Bukovina will encourage tourists to take on a pilgrimage to northern Romania’s 14th century yet very colorful monasteries.

The monasteries and churches in Bukovina are famous worldwide owing to their unique architectural design and the paintings on their facades focusing on Byzantine art. The exterior walls are painted with frescoes that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. In fact, these features have made them to UNESCO’s list of world heritage monuments. Seven churches actually made it to the 1993 UNESCO World Heritage List and these are the Patrauti Monastery, Humor Monastery, Arbore Monastery, Voronet Monastery, Moldovita Monastery, Probota Monastery and Church of St. George.

Bukovina also known as Moldavia used to be occupied by the Austrian Empire in 1774. During that time, immigrants such as the Jews, Germans, Hungarians, Poles and Hungarians were encouraged to settle in the province although the Romanians remained to comprise majority of the population. Apart from the holy places in the area, Bukovina also boasts of traditional folk singers and craftsmen that attract tourists to visit the province.

If you’re eager to get on a very enriching tour of Europe that will give you an unforgettable cultural experience plus some exciting adventures, then traveling to Vienna and then to Bukovina in Romania will be well worth your trip. Each place offers unique attractions that are best captured on camera.

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