Thematic Route: The Cultural Heritage Route
Name of the Touristic Attraction: Vodița Monastery
Location: in Mehedinți County, at 17 km west from Drobeta Turnu Severin and approximately 8 km east from Orșova, on DN6.
Description: It is the oldest voivodal establishment documentary attested and the first monastic establishment in our country administered autonomously, according to the specific rules of the Orthodox Church.
Legend / Story / Impressions / Recommendations: It was built in the 14th century, between 1370 and 1372, on the territory of Vârciorova Commune, near the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Wallachia (Țara Românească), by St. Nicodemus of Tismana, on Prince Vladislav I ’s expenses. Vodița Monastery was acknowledged as autonomous and thus became the most powerful spiritual, cultural and missionary center of the area. Turkish’s attacks on the Danube fortresses have determined the monastic center to be moved in a more secure area. However, the Vodiţa monastery was completely devastated by the Turks at the end of the 17th century. Around 1689 Vodița Monastery was rebuilt by Cornea Brăiloiu, who held the position of “great commander” (in Romanian- mare agă). After the Austro-Turkish war, ended with the Peace from Passarowitz, around 1718, the monastery suffered another decay. Thus, in 1891, the building is in an advanced state of degradation, the cells being thrown down to the ground. The works for the reconstruction of Vodița Monastery began after 1991. Thus, between 1991-1995 a large body of cells was built and in 1995 started the construction of a wooden church, in Maramureș style a little further from where the original ruins were. Today, on the way leading to the monastery, on the left side, it can still be seen some of the ruins left from the oldest Orthodox monastery in Wallachia.
Information and Contact:
- Daily: 07:30 – 21:00 – during summer
- Daily: 07:30 – 19:00 – during winter
No visiting tax.
Appropriate clothing is recommended.
The monastery is administered by the Episcopate of Severin and Strehaia:
phone: +4 0252 333 048, 0252 333 039,
Route close to other Thematic Routes:
In the area you can also visit:
– The “Bahna” Paleontological Natural Reservation
– Ilovița Commune
– Orșova City
– The Iron Gates Hydropower Plant Museum
– Drobeta Turnu Severin
– Fishing can be practiced in the area
Other useful information:
Accomodation in Orșova:
- “Apolodor” Hotel: phone: +40352 415 925
- “Țaka” Pension: phone: +40252 360 335
- “Damiro” Pension: phone: +40722 207 930
- “Meridian” Hotel: phone: +40252 362 800
- “Casa Noastră” Pension: phone: +40745 110 839
- “Casa Verde” Pension: phone: +40744 954 191
GPS Coordinates: lat, long: 44.719074, 22.48077390000003, elevation: 73 m