legend about the first mineral water spring
Long-long ago, before the Tatar-Mongol invasion this
happened. There lived a Hunter in the Carpathian Mountains,
whose young wife fell ill and died. So he was left with
his three sons and one daughter. And so they grew up
without a mother. The sun rarely pleased them with its
rays, because they lived on the northern slope of the
mountain. Suddenly the girl fell sick, and every day
she faded more and more and got weaker. Once, she had
a dream that she was hovering as a butterfly, then she
sailed up into the clouds as a strange bird over the
beautiful valley. And this valley was dotted with colorful
spring flowers. The girl woke up with great relief and
told the dream to her family. Her father understood
that this was a sign. He asked his sons to go and find
this piece of paradise for their beloved sister. Later,
the elder brother came back with a white flower.
- Have you seen these flowers in your dream?
- He asked his sister.
- These, but there were other colors too - she
Middle brother brought a flower, as blue as the sky.
- Have you seen such flowers? - He asked.
- Such, but other colors too.
The youngest brother brought a purple flower. The girl
saw in her dream such flowers too, but all the colors
of flowers were on one meadow, in one valley, and not
separately white, separately blue and apart the violet
Therefore, they decided to go to look for that vital
valley the girl dreamed about together. Long was their
way through forests and mountains. Once, they spent
a night on the mountain, under the spreading beech.
In the morning, the girl woke up the first, feeling
that the warm ray of the sun touched her face.
- How sunny! - She exclaimed, and woke everyone
up. The first thing they saw was a large sunny valley,
dotted with tender spring flowers, exactly like those
that the sick girl saw in her dream. Descending into
this valley, the travellers were amazed for on every
flower there sparkled a diamond dewdrop, and in every
dewdrop, there was the sunshine. Millions of sunshines
dazzled their eyes, but they could not tear their eyes
away from such a beauty. The girl leaned towards the
flowers in order to get herself such sunshines. However,
as only she touched a flower, the dewdrop gently rolled
down the stem and disappeared in the ground. The girl
got sad that so many sunshines hid in the ground. The
disease stepped up harder and harder, and she became
This time her brothers got to the work too. They dug
a shallow well for their sister, hoping that the sunshines
would come back. The well became filled with water.
At the bottom of the well, merrily smiling, the midday
sun was reflected from the sky.
The girl tried to get it. She dived into the water,
and the sun suddenly turned into millions of playful
splashes, which sprinkled the girl from head to toe.
Cheerful and happy, she rose up, and breathed the air
with her full breast. Astonished father and the brothers
have noticed the blush playing on her cheeks, and joy
glittering in her eyes. They understood that their sister`s
illness was defeated. They decided to settle down in
this valley, because they found here the health and
the comfort. Once a feeble girl eventually has recovered
completely, all because every day she went to the well
and dived into it, when the sun was high, and it generously
sent its light and warmth to this valley.
Thus, the friendly family revealed the first healing
spring in this valley. The valley was called "Sonyachna"
- Sunny. And the healing water, according to the legend,
was infused on flowers. It takes its power from the
Earth, its energy from the Sun, and returns to the people
to heal their ailments.
The brothers went into the world to announce about water`s
miracle-working power to the people. Many deseased people
came here, and all of them recovered thanks to the healing
properties of this water. A prince fell in love with
the girl and took her away with him. Old-timers say
that, when somewhere between buildings or along the
road, or under the fence, and on the valley too, the
fragrant spring first flowers begin to bloom, the girl
from the legend returns for the dew of these flowers.
With her tender hand, she whisks the dewdrops full of
sunshine into the ground. Those dewdrops, enriched with
miraculous power of the Mother-Earth, return to us for
improving our health.
And the father, devoted to his children, after his death
became a stone boulder, and solemnly stands there in
the forest, protecting the miraculous power of this
land and constantly giving the healing water, enriched
with natural minerals, as well as the silver springs,
which carry with their continuous stream nutritive energy
and health to the people. Therefore, our Mother Nature
will surely lead anyone staying in the resort house
«Sonyachna Dolyna» to recovery!