The Hermitage in Butuceni was established in the XIth century and is
one of the most ancient cave monuments located in the neighborhood of
Orheiul Vechi (an ancient settlement sprang up in the Paleolithic
epoch), near the village of Butuceni, 17 km from the town Orhei.
The hermitage of Butuceni, cut in limestone at a considerable height
at the top of a rock, had its exit in ancient times on the side of the
Raut-river, caved in the XIIIth century.
In 1820, in order to provide access to the hermitage, the inhabitants dug through a tunnel from Butuceni, which made it possible to get to the chapel from the other side.
There are 12 cells at the hermitage. It is stated that a part of the friars were living in the rock caves situated at the 500 meters distance of the monastery.
My son and I were so lucky to sleep on the floor of the chapel. One of the monks stays here at night. At 5:00 in the morning the monks from the nearby monastery come here to pray, so we had to get up very early!