Curchi is situated close to Orhei, in Codru. Founded in the 18th century, it was closed down in the middle of the 20th and turned into a psychiatric hospital. It stayed that way for about 50 years, and was reverted back into a monastery in 2002.
This country is approximately 98% Christian. The majority of those 98% are of Eastern Orthodox denomination. Meaning, ikons are as much part of worship, as they are of daily life and, indeed, art.
I have a complicated – or maybe just complex – relationship with religion, but I figure whatever faith you are, you can still appreciate ikons as pure art form.
“I don’t know if I should cross myself, or not,” I said at the beginning of the display, mostly to myself.
“Some do. Others don’t,” the museum attendant said, mostly to just say something.
The Good Shepherd.
Finally, the reason most people even want to visit Old Orhei — cells in the cliffs. If you’re able, I definitely recommend that you climb inside them, though you do need to be careful, especially if the weather is wet, as it had been during my visit. I actually nearly fell down, because I slipped on the mud. Thankfully one of the uni mates grabbed my hand before I rolled all the way down. Nearly dragged the poor thing down with me. I’m still so sorry about that!
Some of the pictures posted here are blurry, but I still wanted to put them up to give you at least a bit of an impression of what to expect.