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The cave-monastery of Butuceni was built by monks during the 13th century and is a classic example of the role that architecture played in the medieval ages. It was built not only as a place of worship but also as a refuge during times of adversity. The interior is an almost seamless web of corridors, devoid of geometrical lines or sharp turns, with light penetrating the gloom through rectangular doors hewn out of the stone. At some stage during the 18th century the faithful from neighboring Butuceni dug a tunnel through to the chapel so that they could practice their religion in relative secrecy.

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In places like this you can really feel the mystical atmosphere...

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