Moldova has a very rich cultural heritage, reflected in the finest art through ceramics, textile and various handicraft. Carpets have a separate and special place in our culture. During centuries, Moldovan artisans have developed their own style of making traditional carpets, which reveal most important events in their life. Being affected by modernizations, few handicraft centres have survived until our days. We will explore one of them – Rustic Art, a carpet-weaving centre located at one-hour distance from Chisinau. Rustic Art craft centre is unique in its way because, as the local community have preserved the authentic Moldovan traditions, by using century old machinery. Here you’ll have the opportunity to see the small carpet museum with hundreds of years old exhibits, participate at a master class and craft your own little carpet while enjoy a performance called ”sezatoare” with the local children. Before leaving, you will be able to shop a wide variety of handicraft to make sure that you get a small piece of Moldova back home.
Later on, we will visit Chateau Vartely, a wine resort located in the centre of Moldova. It is one of Moldova’s newest wineries. European standards, professional service and special programs are defining Chateau Vartely. The winery is equipped with the latest winemaking technology and produces a range of fine wines. Premium segment is proudly represented by the selection of ice wines, created from Muscat Ottonel, Riesling and Traminer varieties.
The resort has several tasting rooms, one where guests can try Vartely wines alongside similarly priced wines from renowned wine regions of the world. The winery boasts an on-site restaurant, serving national and European cuisine, where you will enjoy your lunch. Chateau Vartely also has a small but excellent hotel complex with views of Orhei. A huge inner yard and a recreation area are specially designed for you to feel free and relaxed within nature.
By the end of the day, we will explore Curchi Monastery, one of the most important architectural monuments in Moldova. Towering over the landscape and looking quite formal when contrasted with the folk-art decorated homes in route to it, the Baroque structure’s cardinal-coloured exterior complements the clear blue skies and varied greens of the surrounding forest. The monastery has a rich religious and cultural past spanning more than two centuries. Its main church, the cathedral Naşterea Domnului, was designed in 1872 by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Inside you will discover one of the highest dome in Moldova.
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