The Lady’s Rocks’ (Pietrele Doamnei)

Original version
The Lady’s Rocks’ is within a conservation area of national interest located in Suceava county under the administrative jurisdiction of CâmpulungMoldovenesc. Legend 1: It is said that a long time ago, so long that it’s lost in the mist of time, that land was ruled by a very wealthy king. He was so rich, that his wealth and goods could not fit into his castle. Those possessions were craved by The Devil, who roamed those lands, so the king decided to safeguard his goods. He sent his subjects to find an appropriate place. They set off to wander the kingdom far and wide and at last, he was drawn towards a mountain with impressive, high rocks stuck one to the other. Throughout this time, however, the Devil, hidden in the shadows of the forest, was following the king’s men and the king’s carts full of gold and silver crossing the lands in search for the perfect hiding place. He left them bury the treasure, thinking that the perfect time to strike was after they had buried the precious possessions. And so, the soldiers found a perfect place in the heart of the mountain and hid the treasures. The queen arrived with a handful of her trusted guard to see the work done. As she was about to return, the Devil came out of the shadows, killed the king’s men and the queen’s guard and kidnapped the queen. The entry to the heart of the mountain, where the treasures had been buried, was now completely sealed with rocks. The Devil grew angry and decided to force himself an entry with lightning. He started a terrible storm and hit the rocks at the entry of the cave with it, but this did not create a path. Instead, the rocks came crushing down on the Devil and the queen, killing them both and forever sealing the entry to the cave. Overtaken with grief, the king decided that the place where the queen died be forever known as The Lady’s Rocks, in the loving memory of his beautiful queen.
Alternative versions
Legend 2: Among the tales of the place, the most famous legend reminds that the princess was Elena, the wife of Petru Rares, the ruler who offered the name "Rarau" to the mountains here. It is said that during the second reign, when the Turks drove through these places, he hid his family and fortune here in a cave. However, with all these, the Turks were able to get here, and princess Elena and her daughter began to pray for salvation, at which time a loud noise was heard nearby. Apparently, at that moment, great cliffs broke up and fell over the place where the princess's fortune was hidden, burying the attackers. Princess Elena and her daughter escaped in this way by the Turks, only with the price of wealth.
Main characters
King, queen, devil
Connected artistic / architectonic / historical heritage
‘The Lady’s Rocks’ (Pietrele Doamnei) location: CâmpulungMoldovenesc Coordonates- 47°26′51″N 25°34′41″E47°26′51″N 25°34′41″E[1] Natural heritage: Beyond the legends, Pietrele Doamnei are as real as possible, 70 meters high and situated at an altitude of 1634 meters in the Rarău Mountains. The highest peak reaches an altitude of 1,651 meters. It is a mixed natural reserve of 933 hectares and is at the same time the Natura 2000 site. The area is important due to the richness of endemic vegetation. The first geological research was undertaken by Austrian geologists who discovered that the area is made of limestone with coral, ammonite, seaweed and other elements that formed reefs more than 140 million years ago. Strong environmental conditions (low temperatures, strong in-solutes, abundant rainfall, high atmospheric humidity, frequent and strong winds) favor the development of a rich subalpine vegetation. The predominant forest species is spruce, trefoil poplar, willow, birch. The vertebrate fauna is closely dependent on the vegetal cover, food and quiet, in the woods we often find traces of bear, carpathian deer, wolf, fox, wild boar, rabbit, rabbit, squirrel, ornithofauna is equally well represented by soldiers, soldiers, mountain horses, yorks, raptors and lancets. Geology heritage: The first geological research was undertaken by Austrian geologists C. Paul (1876), V. Uhilg (1903), V. Volz (1903) and Th. Kräuter (1929), M. Ilie (1957), I. Turculet (1963), Gr. Popescu and D. Patrulius (1964). They have discovered that the area is made of limestone with coral, ammonium, seaweed and other elements that formed reefs more than 140 million years ago. Of these, the fossils of Requenia and Matheronia are distinguished. In Cretaceous, the territory was covered by marine waters. With the tectonic movements, the water retreated, and the reefs were raised to the surface. Artistic heritage: The mystery and the legends surrounding the Rarău and Giumalău mountains in Suceava County attract as a magnet tourists eager for adventure. The story of the tremendous treasure under the Pietrele Doamnei raises the imagination of the travelers in the place that impresses through majesty and charm with no resemblance.
Local traditions or historical connections
Local traditions: In the popular belief, they say that the greed is always punished by taking back what you do not possess. Historical connection: As for the name of the Sinks, the name would come from the fact that ruler Petru Rares would find here a shelter for his family when he retreated to Transylvania, and his lady often climbs the limestone blocks and scrutinizes the ravines while waiting for her husband to remain in the tradition popular toponym for "Pietrele Doamnei". Petru Rareș (ca. 1483 – 3 September 1546) was twice voivode of Moldavia: 20 January 1527 to 18 September 1538 and 19 February 1541 to 3 September 1546. He was an illegitimate child born (probably at Hârlău) to Stephen the Great. The 15 major energy points of the Planet (chakras) connection: Several sources assert that in the reference area of Rarău- Pietrele Doamnei -Giumalău there is a huge vortex that makes vibrational infusions, some initiates considering it to be the most suitable place for reaching high states of consciousness. Beyond the ezoterims of the numerous spiritual tourists who visit the area, technicians claim that an important effect on the human body might even have the composition of crystalline shale (chlorite, sericitide, quartz, porphyroids, crystalline limestone, and gnaisses). Literature connection: About these mountains writer Geo Bogza wrote, "In other places there may be much larger mountains or stronger rivers, the sea or the ocean, here the Rarau is the fundamental dimension of the world, the cosmic side of life and history."
Didactical Relevance
1. The Lady’s Rocks’ is within a conservation area of national interest located in Suceava county under the administrative jurisdiction of Câmpulung Moldovenesc. National parks are areas of particular geographical interest or outstanding natural beauty. They preserve nature and protect many rare species of animals and plants. In addition to this, they play a significant role in preserving traditional crafts, local customs and historical settlements. Activities you can enjoy: climbing strange rock formations studying endangered flora, birdwatching wandering in the countryside, trying your hand at traditional crafts. How can you,as a student , contribute to preserving nature? 2. History: Petru Rares Turks The place is linked to Romanian history. What do you know about Petru Rares? When did he reign? Why did he reign twice? What was the relationship between him and the Turks? What do you know about the Turkish empire and its relation to The Romanian principalities? As there were no banks in those times where did people keep their money? What other legends do you know about this place?
Didactical Activity
Legend 1 a. Photograph/drawing: students are asked to create a story based on the pictures accompanying the story. b. Brainstorming: students are asked to make associations with the topic: ROCK. What do you associate the word ROCK with? c. Anticipation through keywords Select the key words of the story (rich king, Devil, mountains, rocks, hiding place, treasures, storm, queen, grief) and ask students to create their own story; invite them to compare their story with the original version. d. Read the introduction of the story and ask students to continue the story and after this invite them to compare their story with the original version. It is said that a long time ago, so long that it’s lost in the mist of time, that land was ruled by a very wealthy king. He was so rich, that his wealth and goods could not fit into his castle. Those possessions were craved by The Devil, who roamed those lands, so the king decided to safeguard his goods. He sent his subjects to find an appropriate place. e. Your cover of the story Students are asked to draw a cover to the story and organise a picture gallery (role play:critics/ parents/ children comment on their favourite cover). f. Another ending Students are asked to give another ending to the story. g. Character poster/ Wanted/ Missing Students are asked to draw a Wanted/Missing character poster (Devil/ The king/The Queen). Students have to take what they know about the character in the story and turn the details into a wanted poster. First students should write some information that could be useful on a wanted poster and make a list of the character’s traits. When the list is finished, the students work on the poster by drawing a picture of the character, writing his/her name, and all the other information on the list. Organise a gallery and have students compare their posters. What do the posters have in common? How are they different? Legend 2 a. Find a title Students read/listen to the story and find a title to the story. b. Another ending Students are asked to give another ending to the story or continue the story. How would you continue the story? What do you think Petru Rares did? c. Another perspective Students are asked to tell the story from another perspective: princess Elena’ or a magic raven’s perspective; the raven happened to be there when the cliffs collapsed. d. Role play (reporter/ character): interview with a character- press conference with your favourite character Students have to write/film an interview with princess Elena/ Prince Petru Rares. e. A story map/ chart Students are asked to find the place where the action in the story takes place. Students have to draw a story map –Iasi (or any other palce where they live)/Rarau; they are invited to share their personal experiences about the place with the other students. What other legends do you know about the place? Are you familiar with other legends about the places where you live or have visited?

Video

Pietrele Doamnei - Transrarau 2019 drona
‘The Lady’s Rocks’ (Pietrele Doamnei)

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View of Pietrele Doamnei Reserve
The road to Pietrele Doamnei Reserve
Pietrele Doamnei Reserve

PDF version of the legend in national language

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