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What you see here is a nun beating a piece of wood with a hammer in a kind of staccato. This produces a very pleasant, rhythmic, loud noise that can be heard all over the village. Shes usually walking round the church once, so the hammering takes for about one minute. Sometimes the hammering is combined with the bells, 30 seconds of hammering, the bells ringing, then hammering again, etc. For me thoughout the years this sound has become one of the typical sounds of Romania, together with the nightely barking of thousands of street dogs in Bucharest or an old Dacia unwilling to start its engine.

Sucevita is one of the beautiful old monastries in the Romanian Bukovina. It is famous for its painted church (I left a bit of it in the back), its on the UNESCO heritage list and one of the many touristic higlights of the area. Today 75 nuns live in the monastry, and apart from tourism they earn the money to preserve the monastry with agriculture and forestry.

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