Neighboring Romania hosts the largest written egg museum in the world. 30,000 exhibits are arranged in it, BTA reports. More than half are placed in 106 display cases, the rest can be found in royal homes and private collections in around 110 countries. The museum is located in Moldova, Suceava County, and bears the name of its founder – plastic artist Lucia Kondria. It can be viewed virtually and brings together decorated eggs from 56 countries.

Opened in the summer of 1993, today it covers an area of 500 square meters and seven halls and is listed in the International Michelin Guide and awarded a star. It also has eggs collected from the surrounding villages. Some date back to 1883. There is also a 300-year-old egg from Poland. “My passion started when I was a child. I remember that there were no more than 15 patterns for decorating eggs then. I kept asking my aunt to do something different, to go outside the box. Today, in the showcases of the museum, I have exhibited the tradition and soul of Romanian crafts.

I can draw a cross from a simple vertical line – a symbol of life, and from a simple horizontal – a line of death,” says Lucia. Eggs with ornaments imitating lace and those with elements of Romanian folk costumes have become her trademark. The Museum of Eggs, located in Vama in the heart of the Bukovina region, also hides real jewels. Covering an area of 800 square meters, it contains over 11,000 eggs from 79 countries arranged in 22 glass cases.

An entire showcase is dedicated to eggs with very old motifs and patterns from Vama, for the decoration of which plant colors are used. In the collection, which belongs to plastic artist Letizia Orshivki, there are bird eggs, reptile eggs, large and small eggs (emu, nandu, turtles, crocodile, flamingo, ostrich, partridge, sparrow, pigeon) or porcelain eggs.

Those interested can learn to decorate Easter eggs with Bukovina symbols under the guidance of Letizia in the museum’s workshop. The third Museum of Painted Eggs is in Chokaneshti in Suceava. Created in 2007 at the initiative of the local administration, it keeps 3,000 eggs in the House of Culture.

Most belong to local artisans and are painted with patterns that local people have on their houses.

The oldest exhibit dates back to 1941.

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