Bison Land is a place full of mystery, with some old-style places of worship also nestling here. Communities of old-style believers keep their ancestral traditions unaltered. Traveling in history, the writings say that in 1924, when the Romanian Orthodox Church introduced the Gregorian calendar, some priests and believers chose to continue to celebrate the holidays according to the old Julian calendar, and in this way the old-style places of worship appeared.
Bison Land is the place where the first old-style church in Romania was built, the church “Saints Emperors Constantin and Elena” in Vânători Neamț.
Built in a quiet oasis, Dobru Monastery is the first old-style church built in a commune in Romania. The new church and settlement is built after 1989, but the location has been used for prayer since the 1940s. It has been destroyed several times due to conflicts between the old and new style church, and after 1989 the peace was settled on this monastery, surrounded by tall fir trees. like a citadel of green savin.
It was, successively, a shelter for monks who had been expelled from Neamț and Suceava who did not receive the 1924 calendar change, a hermit, and later became a monastery.
The monastery welcomes us with small and clean rooms where the nuns are living, with traditional architecture, a small wooden church and the new church.
In other words, in the heart of the Bison Land, on the lands seemingly detached from stories, we expect to cross the threshold of the old Dobru Monastery, the place where you enjoy peace and love for the Orthodox faith.
The monastery of Brădițel
From the road that connects Târgu Neamț with Piatra Neamț, in Bodești commune, on a cobbled road we reach another old-style monastery, Brădițel. In the middle of a meadow, it is said that this monastery has long been a place of defense and refuge. The construction of the church preserves the Moldovan style, and looks like an imposing city.
Brădițel hill, with its extensive pastures and deciduous forests is the right place even for families with children, the route being easy to travel, without steep slopes. Those who have stopped here say that the trail reminds them of the Wonderful Spinney.
Also, not far from the Vânători Neamț Natural Park there is the old-style Metropoly of Romania, the Slătioara Monastery.