Mioveni Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania
Mioveni is located in central southern Romania on the banks of Argesel River, with important cities like Timisoara and Constanta nearby, in a very attractive natural background which offers numerous Mioveni sights to discover.
Mioveni, Sights - Museums and Memorial Houses
The only museum in Mioveni is the Ethnography Museum which houses numerous collections like the popular costume, crafts, numismatics, artifacts, religious artifacts, ceramics, weapons, elements of popular art, carpenter tools counting over 800 objects. The museum is located, since 1970, in a wonderful XIX century building called Racovita Manor, the former residence of a local landowner.
Mioveni, Sights – Natural Attractions
The three rivers crossing Mioveni are the main natural attractions due to their surrounding green areas which make a strong impression on tourists. The water surfaces are usually the favorite place for local fishermen and the nearby area is full of alleys, small parks and gardens, very appreciated in summer. Numerous willows, poplars and locust trees border the river banks and create a wonderful landscape especially in autumn when the leaves change color.
Mioveni, Sights – Culture and Arts
One of the most unique buildings here is the Racovita Manor. Generally, these manors are tall buildings with white painted walls and ramparts, especially built to meet a family’s needs. These buildings usually have tall first floors, illuminated through small windows, and interior stairs. Such edifices can be found throughout the Balkan area, in Romania being built by boyars in order to protect their goods and family against the Turks.
The Racovita Manor has a parallelepipedic shape, a square plan with 8,5m sides, the edifice impressing with its dimensions, over 20m in height and one meter thick walls. The manor seems to have been built in 1806 and reconstructed in 1878 after a devastating fire. In 1925 there was another restoring made by another owner with ample works at the roof.
Mioveni, Sights – Monasteries and Churches
Vierosi Monastery is a simple but rich in history art monument, located at the fringe of the wood, a witness of the many Christian generations living near the walls of this saint place. The original church was built in 1571 by Ivascu Golescu, rebuilt in 1825 and restored in 1937. Remains of former sanctums and large arced cellars prove the impressive dimensions of the initial monastic complex. “Sf. Petru si Pavel” Cathedral is another important religious edifice in Mioveni whose building started in 1993 because there was only one orthodox church in town, too little for the increasing population. The construction finished in 2000 and impressed with its beauty. The white and ivory marble used for the exterior walls, mosaic religious images and its imposing dimensions make it one of the most beautiful in Arges County.
Other important religious edifices in Mioveni are “Sf. Gheorghe” Church and “Sf. Nicolae” Church. However, the newest parish in town is the “Adormirea Maicii Domnului” one, located right next to the local automotive industrial park. The building of the church initiated in 2008 in the presence of the most important local officials and until it will be finished several priests will hold ceremonies in a smaller location on the site.
Mioveni, Sights – Theatres
Nowadays, theatre is not one of the young people’s choices in spending their spare time, still the local Cultural Centre, responsible for the city’s cultural life, is trying to bring into our attention the “quality” entertainment, the theatre. With the help of different local officials, the Cultural Centre often organizes free theatre shows played by actors from different Romanian cities and housed by the Dacia Union Culture House. Another location for such events is the Racovita Culture House, opened after a long period or renovations. Different folk music or dance shows, theatre plays, festivals and other such events are organized here, always gathering a numerous audience.
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