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Day 25: Snagov Monastery & Mogosoaia Place, Romania

Closing time, time for you to go out, to the places you will be from...lyrics from the song "Closing Time" by the band Semisonic

sunny 30 °C

Well, we have come almost full circle today. This is the final day of our journey but not without a final excursion to the outskirts of Bucharest, Romania. In fact, there are rumors that we might still find the elusive Dracula on this final morning. We are to visit two sites today, namely the Mogosoaia Palace and the Snagov Monastery.

After a short drive out of the city on this beautiful, but hot day, we arrived outside of the Mogosoaia Palace. All was very quiet on this Saturday morning for our visit to the grounds, outside gardens and the palace itself.

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The palace was built between 1698 and 1702 in the Romanian Renaissance style. The palace has a storied history dating back to 1714 where the owner Constantin Brancoveanu and his family were executed by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for not converting faiths. Through the various wars ranging from the Russo-Turkish War through WWI and WWII the palace has suffered pillage and bombings. As such, no original furnishings are a part of the inside displays. Nevertheless, the current furnishings include many tapestries, rugs and original wall displays (the walls were plastered over during refurbishing).

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We even had a quick spin in the basement (what kind of a basement has marble floors?

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In a short while we were on our way to the Snagov Monastery which sits on an island upon a lake. The monastery dates back to the 14th century and a single monk (who has a satellite dish) takes care of the site.

To access the site, you have to pass over a bridge on this pristine lake.

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We came upon the monastery itself and moved into the small section of the church with all of the beautiful frescos.

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To our surprise we finally found Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) lying at peace in a church (although there is question if this headless body belongs to Vlad). Some say he was a hero, others not so much. But for us, it was a keeper!

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On our way back we had one last picture of the modern-day Orthodox Church that is being built across from the Marriot!

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As it was mid-afternoon and relatively hot out we went for some pizza in the hotel and celebrated our last evening in Europe!

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Next stop-homeward bound!

Posted by Argenti Travel 15:16 Archived in Romania

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