“Toaca” - summoning the monks
Romanian orthodox monks play on wooden planks called “semantron” to summon the monks from all over the monastery to the praying room.
Used since the 6th century, its trance-inducing sound, evocative of war drums reminds monks of the spiritual battle. We are lucky to have found a monastery where this century-old tradition continues to today and where the monks are happy to share what will easily become a life-changing moment with our guests. We wholeheartedly invite all our guests to get acquainted with this unique sound experience during their stay at MATCA.