Rohia is a beautiful village in the cultural region of Maramures, in northwest Romania. It is about 35 km (21.7 mi) from Baia Mare City and you can get to the village by car. This place has become a popular pilgrimage site, especially because of the Rohia Monastery, which was established in 1926.
During your visit to the Rohia Monastery, I’d suggest you stay at the cosy Pensiunea Maria. Read on to learn more about the accommodation and the monastery.
Authentic Romanian hospitality
Pensiunea Maria in Rohia is located in a beautiful countryside area, surrounded by nature. The owners of the property, Maria and Iov Gherman, are some of the finest examples of Romanian hospitality.
I have been very impressed with their commitment to offer their guests a very enjoyable stay. Everything from rustic interior decorations, to the pottery dishes and the food is homemade and traditional. They’ve even set up a small museum in their house to showcase the Romanian artisanship with beautiful folk art pieces.
Be a guest in a beautiful country house
The guesthouse offers 14 rooms (twin and triple rooms), all nicely decorated with local traditional objects. Each room has a bathroom, TV and enough space to lay your belongings out.
The real beauty of Pensiunea Maria is in the backyard, where you can prepare your meals on the grill, take in the fresh air of the countryside and rest your eyes on the green vegetation all around the property. You can enjoy your meals in authentic Romanian scenery, with the soothing smell of hay and the beauty of fresh grass and birds all around you. You can choose to eat at the in-house restaurant or prepare your meals in the shared kitchen.
Maramures is an ethnic and cultural region that takes pride in its wonderfully crafted wood houses, and both the Pensiunea Maria guesthouse and the Rohia Monastery offer good examples of wood carving mastery.
Conveniently located near Rohia Monastery
Pensiunea Maria is conveniently located close to the road that leads to the monastery, so it’s easy to find your way to the monastery and to other attractions nearby. About 15 km (9.32 mi) from the guest house, the monastery is easily accessible by car (you can also walk to the monastery, though it will take a bit longer to get there and the elevation is also higher).
The founding story of the monastery is that the local priest of that time had a daughter who died at the age of 10. Soon after that, she would appear in her father’s dreams, telling him to build a monastery in a specific location. Since he disregarded the dream, the little girl appeared in the dreams of a local woman, who went to see the priest and told him “Why won’t you build the church your daughter is asking you to build?” The priest finally understood the message and built the monastery that it is here today.
The monastery is one of the best examples of exquisite church art in Romania, as it is built on the ridge of a hill, in the midst of a beech and oak forest. The windy road is in very good shape and has absolutely breathtaking views, especially when you start reaching the top of the hill. You will love the big, welcoming door at the entrance to the monastery, which is beautifully decorated with Christian symbols.
What else can you do in the area?
The Rohita Monastery is situated ten km away from Rohia Monastery and the road there offers one of the most impressive countryside landscapes I’ve ever seen. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see rolling hills, lush green vegetation and the kind of solitude and quietness you won’t find anywhere else.
Spend a great time in the countryside
Maramures region and especially Rohia and Rohita Monasteries carry a unique energy that will replenish any traveler in search of a different kind of life, with locals working their land as their ancestors did before the industrial revolution.
If you plan to visit, I strongly recommend staying at Pensiunea Maria in Rohia. It’s very quiet here, all you hear is the birds, the chicken and locals chatting in the distance. For a real countryside experience, this is the best option.
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