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