Jan '05 - Jan '07
one exam down, 4 to go. history of romanian arch. u don't get to study that, do you?! well you don't miss a lot.
this summer i took a sightseeing tour around romania, and thanks god there still are some pretty interesting things to see. for example the oldest wooden church in the world( XIV century), the highest wooden building in the world (only the tower has 54meters, the whole church 72m) and some monasterys in moldavia. the funny part about those monasteries is that they have so many visitors that the sisters don't have any private time at all. they mostly work with turists, selling tickets and other commercial stuff. the opening hours are from 8-18 so i wonder if they have any time to pray. in addition they all behaved arogant and stupid. thare was a single monastry which was peacefull and had only 2 visitors, and here the sisters didn't care about us. it was really nice to see them working in the garden or doing their stuff. that monastery suffered an pretty impressive intervention during the 70s, i hope i'll manage to show u some pics of it.
but the funniest part of this trip happened in a small village. ceausescu (the dictator who died '90) wanted a sculpture of a knight on his horse, oversized of course (comunists!), so that you could see him from far away. only when the sculptor brought the gips form, the people didn't like it, they said it had no proportions.
so it remained unfinished in a yard along with another piece of art, from the same sculptor. i haven't found out if it was an irony of the artist or a request, but along with the horse and knight he made a huge dinosaur(6-7 meters high, 9 meters long), out of gips. now the horse and the knight are put in front of the dinosaur, and the knight's head is on the ground. the hole composition is covered with woodboars, except for the dino's head and tail, which are covered separatedly , due to their dimensions., it really looks hilariuos, and i could kill myself for not having my camera with me that day.now they say someone in china wants the dino.
instead i'll give you a link where you can see some of the wooden churches. in the backround of the first picture you can see the new church, the whole pride of the people, an extraordinary piece of real kitsch. unbelievable that people ages ago had better tastes than people have today. progress, right?