Friday, 22 May 2009

ethnographical networking



Nikon D80 | 1/40 seconds | f 3.5 | ISO 100 | 50 mm
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I began yesterday a series of pictures taken last Saturday at the Romanian Village Museum (Muzeul Satului). I’ve spent some great couple of hours there and I decided to post, separately, some of my favorites shots, with a short comment regarding some cultural Romanian habits.

But first, I thought it would be nice to gather for you a short description of the Village Museum. So enjoy reading and maybe, someday, visiting this fantastic place.

The Village Museum was a very nice idea of some Romanian sociologists, started in 1925 by Professor Dimitrie Gusti. The idea was to create a museum demonstrating the sociological structure of the Romanian village. During the time, more and more objects have been moved from their original place to Bucharest. You will have to remember that the ample works for hydro-amelioration in the northern part of Bucharest (the capital of Romania) began only in 1932, when Herastrau Park was being born. 4,5 hectares were allocated to the project. Gradually, the area was filled by houses and the Village Museum was inaugurated on May 10th 1936 together with the Herastrau Park.

The exhibition has a total of 322 constructions (47 dwellings, household dependencies, 3 wooden churches, 3 windmills, technical installations that use the force of the water etc.)
The best thing is that they are organized in Romania's ethnographical regions: Transylvania, Moldova, Dobrogea, etc. It really takes you on a tour of the country's rich tradition of folk architecture and art. Plus, it's a nice relaxing walk that makes you forget you are actually in a city, and the nice view of the lake in the neighboring Herastrau Park adds to the "summer holidays" feeling!

Entrance to the park is free, while entrance to the Village Museum costs 6 Lei (1.20 GBP) per adult and 3 Lei (0.60 GBP) per child/student.

For more information you can go here. You can find also more pictures, with larger perspectives, and reviews from real travelers.

I used the following sources of information:
http://www.muzeul-satului.ro/
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Romania/Municipiul_Bucuresti/Bucharest-520545/Things_To_Do-Bucharest-Village_Museum-BR-1.html

19 comments:

Ajay Singh said...

I love this idea of wall with white stripes. Framing of the shot is just superbly presented.

lasiate said...

miam! un mille-feuilles chocolat

Mariana said...

EXCELLENT ! Love these colors so much ! Wonderful composition !

sherri said...

Well, I'm just learning all sorts of new terms tonight. Your title is very catchy:-) Love the image. I must be hungry because those layers of the wood remind me of cheese cake and graham cracker crust. Betcha weren't expecting that reaction:-)

rem_la said...

ca fait un peu bagne ces bandes blanches !

romina said...

thank you all :)
@Sherry: if you have bet you have win :) those wood layers attracted me also in the first place. I'm so glad you like it

Tudor said...

Am inteles ca o sa urmeze o intreaga serie de poze de la Muzeul Satului si m-am bucurat. Mi-ar fi placut ce-i drept sa ai cadre mai largi, insa stiu ca ai un fetis pentru a descoperiri bucati de lucruri si a le transforma in ceva magnific. Ca si acum. E incredibil de frumoasa compozitia asta.

k@ said...

Lovely ! Looks like a lil'window in a... tiramisu ;/

Anouk said...

Lovely window!

isidro said...

bonita composición!

romina said...

vai tudor, bine ca ai scris comentariul in romana ca altfel cine stie ce ar fi inteles oamenii astia din "fetisul" meu :))
of of.. si acum mai trebuie sa si iti multumesc pentru comentariu, nu?

beanow said...

SUPER!!!

Ilan said...

Thank you for the read, pretty interesting stuff.

I love the geometrical side of photo, with the vertical and horizontal lines in different color.
Very nice!

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yz said...

fantastic framing

paul said...

More than excellent, like also the story!!

Andrés said...

Very nice combination of tones.

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Santiago Bedoya said...

Really wonderful image. I love the texture of the wood an the lines pattern.
This museum seems to be an very interesting place.