„Athos” of Romania

The  cave  churches  and  settlements  of Buzău  are  no  less than the cradle of Christianity on Romanian territory — a mystical place full of legends and a cultural treasure amidst breathtaking landscape.
More than 15 cave settlements are spread over an area of more than three square kilometers and gave this region the nickname the “Athos” of Romania. Some caves are old geological forms, others are carved into the stone. Signs of the first settlement in this area date to back to the iron and bronze  ages.  Up  to the  19th century,  hermits  and  monks used these caves as places to live and to pray.

Access: DN 10  to  Pătârlagele–Colți–Aluniș.   There  is  no  direct  access by car, a 4-6 hour walking tour with a local guide is highly recommended.