A Quick Glance at the Bucovina Village Museum

A fter visiting the Crown Fortress of Suceava we couldn’t help but notice the old traditional houses behind a fence, next to the parking space. So we stepped inside the Bucovina Village Museum.

Tavern from the Dorna Valley
Tavern from the Dorna Valley

Most buildings were constructed at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, using fir beams and clay.

Old Bucovina fir beam house
Old Bucovina fir beam house

These houses were brought here mainly from the Dorna Valley, deep in the heart of the Bucovina region. We take full advantage of this discovery and circle all the buildings, carefully looking at the wood work.

Large Bucovina house
Large Bucovina house

The interiors are open for visitors. They show how the traditional room looked like. People used to make many children so the whole family would usually share a large room during the winter, gathering around the stove. They used lively colored carpets and blankets.

Bedroom in a traditional Bucovina house
Bedroom in a traditional Bucovina house

Women used to weave. That is why most of the rooms feature the tools used for this craft.

Room in a traditional Bucovina house
Room in a traditional Bucovina house

Men were worked as woodcutters, blacksmiths, hunters…

Inside a blacksmith's workshop
Inside a blacksmith’s workshop

Others worked at water mills. Water activated the large wheel that used to grind the grains. The worker would usually live at the mill, where he had a small bedroom.

Old water mill used at the Humorului Monastery
Old water mill used at the Humorului Monastery

There aren’t many buildings, but enough to give you an idea of how the Bucovina village used to look like. The dark wood and white plaster blend so well, making the houses very warm and welcoming. As you get farther away from the entrance, you will also step farther away from the world and from the present. Each room will make you feel at home.

Small Bucovina house
Small Bucovina house

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