The findings in archaeological research in the region of Horezu revealed evidence from theIXth and XIIIth centuries. Horezu settlements development is linked to the transhumance routes, the roads of the outlaws. The actual name derives from an owl-like bird that inhabits the surrounding forests.
The main touristic attractions of the area are:
- Horezu ceramics
- Monastery of Horezu, site situated in UNESCO World heritage
- Bistrița Gorge and Olteț Gorge
From the cultural point of view, the characteristic of Horezu area is a historic and religious one, oriented towards Romanian specific handicraft activities, such as pottery, handmade fabrics, religious painting. The decor created by the potters of Horezu is rich, made with great finesse and special techniques such as spraying, horn drawing, printing etc. Horezu vessels are first engobed, then glazed and burnt twice.
Monastery of Hurezi – Horezu
The most beautiful and exquisite piece of Romanian architecture”, the Monastery of Hurezi built in 1693 by Constantin Brâncoveanu, was included in 1995 in the heritage of UNESCO.
Among the monasteries historic monuments, that adorn the Romanian land, the Monastery of Hurezi is considered, along with its hermitages, the most representative architectural complex, defining the “Brâncoveanu style”.
Inside the church, there is the beautifully carved royal seat, also made of wood, wearing the emblem of the Cantacuzino family.
Above the entrance, there is the belfry tower, which houses four large bells between 300 and 1,000 kg with harmonious sounds, three of them being inscribed with the name of the voivode.