Horezu Area - Where the earth takes shape

The area of Horezu cultural-historic depression includes five localities, Horezu, Costeşti, Vaideeni, Măldăresti and Slătioara. Horezu enamelled pottery, unique in Romania through its chromatics and its floral motives, represents one of the characteristic emblems of the region. The ceramic objects of ever-increased beauty, of a varied, harmonious and balanced artistic composition, whose certified age is greater than 400 years, preserving the local tradition, but also showing Byzantine influences, have turned this craft into a brand of Horezu Depression. Traditional tools such as the potter’s wheel, the jay, the horn or the oven, and decorating elements such as the stylized flowers, the spirals, the garlands or the dots, and most importantly, the well-known “Cocoş de Hurez” (the Hurez Rooster) give the Horezu pottery an unique character among the most famous ceramics centres in Romania.

Nature attractions

  • The karst relief: Cheile Bistriție/ Bistrița Gorges, Romania’s narrowest limestone gorges, Peştera Liliecilor / The Bats’ Cave,  Cheile Costeşti /Costeşti Gorges;
  • The Trovanţi Museum, an outstanding natural reservation of national value located in  Costeşti main village, of great scientific and tourist interest due to the huge grit stone concretions of metric dimensions and zoomorphic aspect (the largest to be found in Romania);
  • The forest patrimony with the vegetation and wildlife elements.

Cultural attractions

  • Hurez Monastery,  UNESCO  monument, is one of the region’s symbols;
  • Bistriţa Monastery;
  • The fortified dwellings dating from the medieval period called Cule. They can only be found in some localities of Oltenia – Măldăreşti, Curtişoara, Cerneţi; • Ethnographic centres: Vaideeni, Costeşti and Urşani villages, with traditional folk crafts like sheepskin coats making, weaving,  embroidery, traditional folk costumes, artistic woodwork (pieces of furniture, musical instruments, household tools), wool processing (carding comb, loom, reel, distaff), traditional architecture (ancient porch houses specific of the ethnographic area “Mountainous Oltenia”, and houses specific of the Mărginimea Sibiului area), folk technology items (carding comb, fulling mills, water mills and water-powered saw-mills); • The traditional cuisine is based on mutton and milk products (“jintiţă“- boiled whey, “urdă” - soft cottage cheese also containing whey, “balmoş” - a mixture of maize flour and cream, several types of cheese, butter).