Travel Guides, Albums - Romania

About Us

We believe that this beautiful and unique country, where the modern challenges the old, and the traditional way of living is changing fast, should be known better. Our aim is therefore to write and publish good information on a wide variety of cultural heritage subjects from mural paintings and archaeology to architecture and local traditions. We would like to offer them to all who are interested in this fascinating corner of Eastern Europe, both to those who plan to travel and need practical information, and to those who prefer to stay at home while learning something new in an enjoyable way.
Your love for Romania and your support means that we can gather more information, unearth more “jewels” and let everyone know about them!

Metaneira, is a small publishing house based in Helsinki and with an office in Iasi , Romania . The company was established in 2001 and specializes in Eastern European cultural heritage and tourism development. Our present focus of interest is Romania.

We will be glad to hear from you:

For further information you may contact either in:


Metaneira Oy
Lönnrotinkatu 40 B 22, 00180 Helsinki , Finland
Tel/Fax: + 358-9-607 441


Metaneira Oy SRL Finlanda Filiala Iasi
Str. Moara de Foc, nr. 35, et. 3, 700520 Iasi, Romania
Tel/Fax: + 40-753-608 318

We are:

Tiberiu Pintilie
Project Manager and Design.

Maarit Elo-Valente
Managing Director of Metaneira Oy in Finland , archaeologist. General editing of all Metaneira publications.

Ignazio Valente
Program coordinator. Archaeologist and expert of cultural heritage conservation.

Cristian Pricop
Economist, Accountant of the Iasi Branch Office.

Alina Viziteu
Program specialist, philologist

Coralia Costas
Publication assistant, philologist. Translations, background research and writing.

Chip Pintilie
Web Design and Optimization
Better Image

Our Consultants are mostly Romanian and among them:

Andreea Târnovanu
Translator, Philologist. She is the one who translated in romanian the text from this site.

Ana Bârca
Art Historian. She is one of the main authorities on Maramures wooden architecture. She has written for Metaneira the text for the upcoming book called “The Spires of Heaven , a Journey Through the Wooden Churches of Maramures”

Tereza Sinigalia
Art Historian. She is an expert on Orthodox iconography. She has contributed the texts for our guidebook ” Bucovina, A Travel Guide to Romania’s Region of Painted Monasteries”

John Allen
Writer of some of the most important UNESCO publications. As a native English speaker, he has contributed to reviewing the text of our books.

Lise Pelletier
Sociologist. She is presently collaborating with Metaneira in the preparation of the Maramures guidebook.

Paul Buciuta
Photographer. His work has been published in the book “The Restoration of the Probota Monastery” . He has taken the photographs for most of the Metaneira publications.

Marius Vasilica
Press Photographer specialised on travel reports. He is presently collaborating with Metaneira in the preparation of the Maramures guidebook.