to sunset by Eden-short wrintings about an unknown Romania(‘Valari’ wooden church )

It’s lost somewhere between the forests , on a crest of a hill, like speaking a different dialect. Rises in all ‘grandeur’ of the  centuries, it was left to decay  and to be grinded by a xilophagus fungus .It’s  talking  about  the oldest wooden church in the land of Padureni and in Romania also.

Sitting and watching it, you’ll  think at a  past with its traces what urges you to raise your hand and touch the sky. And God rewards you with a place of charm and a purity of the  style of construction rarely met. And I assure you, you  will not regret  the visite you  done !.

This small country church is a sacred relic in wooden architecture, unique of its kind known so far in the country.

According to documents of  Coriolan Petranu , the first art historian in Transylvania and according to  writings of the  place also, the church should be  belonging to the 16th  century. But , on the walls of this church appeard 1733, 1736, 1830 also. A more precise dating method is only dendrochronology method .

The construction is made in a technique called „in catei din Banat” (in a local dialect, untranslated unfortunately), with pillars and beams soles caught in the impasse of oak and with pine planks strucked  on the inside.

The pillars are caught with the tail and underneath by the ‘tălponi’-beams  forming a frame on  each outside wall.

The structural members are made of oak. The pine from inside keeps strong all construction.The nails were wood bracing.

Woods  were cut mechanically, possibly at the existing water- sawmilsl in that area, several centuries ago. Many notes on them certify their age.

We can not overlook the obvious and substantial similarity of this technique  with  Dacian temples from Trajan’s Column in Rome, Italy.From this perspective, this  wooden church is still standing as a witness of sacred Dacian architecture , of course  in an adapted form  to a Christian culture.The nails were wood bracing.

The tower stands on feet above the lobby,high and narrow. The top ends with a gazebo and a helmet with a  round shape. The tower and the cross over the altar is not from iron, but wood.

But, too many  technical details I can’t give to you. Maybe it’s better to let photos speak about what ‘Saint Vasile Church’  from Valari means.



Location of this church is : Valari Village, Hunedoara County, west part of Romania

Road : 687 E Hunedoara-Gherla, with a deviation to Ruda, Valari

Nearest cities: Deva, Hunedoara, Gherla

Sources: Wikipedia encyclopedie, tourism sites

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