In short, things would be like this: in the hot summer of 2012 , an old friend, a French monk named Jean Baptiste Robin, contacted us to build a wooden gazebo at Carbunari Monastry. Our team had managed to finish work in only 4 days, pro bono. However, we believe that it’s worth a little more time, even in virtual mode, at this place that we visited recently.

The monk Jean Baptiste came to Romania in 2001, after having lived in solitude in

the Pyrenees mountains, and after his relentless legs have walked on the lands of Africa.  The Icon painter, Jean Baptiste wanted to know about the culture of Byzantium and so he ended up in Romania, inspired and by the visit  of Pope John Paul the second. After he visited many places, he eventually settled in Blaj, foresees him to take special care in this space, lost in the Woods near “little Rome”. At that time, in that place there was only a church, built in the interwar period by a belgian monk, after the model of the Church of Banneux, where in 1933 it is said that the Holy Virgin appeared. The wooden construction was erected in 2004 in order to shelter the faithful that come in pilgrimage and who must pass the “Way of the cross”, a short and picturesque forest on the edge of the road where they find fourteen crosses, symbolizing the fourteen stops of Jesus Christ,entered in the tradition of the Church.

But what is the point of this wooden gazebo ? The monk Jean Baptise was caring for the realization of a pool of rainwater recovery, with an area of 16 square meters, located in front of the building. The gazebo is built on top of this pool and houses a copy of the statue of the Virgin Mary at Banneux, the entire ensemble will be completed by a stone fountain, from which pilgrims can quaint their thirst. We are convinced that the special craftmanship of the wood gazebo which we had the pleasure to buid will please the eyesight of the pilgrims that will visit this place.

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