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Sighisoara Fortress

Sighisoara, judetul Mures

Sighisoara is a medieval fortress with architectural ensembles made in rural Gothic style, but also in Renaissance and Baroque styles, which are the result of a constructive effort appeared later in t [read more]

Cetate, Categoria: Istoric
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Barsana Monastery

judetul Maramures, Maramures

The Monastery “Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles" from Barsana is a convent, located at 22 km southeast of the Sighetu Marmatiei city, at the exit of Barsana, to the Slatioara bridge, where t [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios | Biserica, Categoria: Religios
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Voronet Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Founded by Stefan cel Mare, Voronet Monastery church dedicated to "St. Gheorghe" is a synthesis of Byzantine and Gothic elements, made in an original manner. With a brilliant ingenuity, with [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA)

Delta Dunarii, judetul Tulcea

With Romania's adhesion to the Ramsar Convention in 1991, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA) was recognized as a wetland of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat. Taking into ac [read more]

Parc, Categoria: Natura
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Humor Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Situated at a distance of 5 to 6 km of Gura Humorului, Humor Monastery is one of the most famous foundations of the Romanian Middle Ages. It was built in 1530 by Toader Bubuiog, member of the divan of [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Hurezi (Horezu) Monastery

Horezu, judetul Valcea

Among the historical monasteries, which decorates the Romanian ground, Hurezi Monastery is considered, along with its hermitages, the most representative architecture complex, defining the Brancoveanu [read more]

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Bistrita Monastery

judetul Neamt, Moldova

AddressLoc. Alexandru cel Bun,


Bistrita Monastery was built by Prince Alexandru cel Bun in 1406, following the Orthodox faith. The monastery is located in the Bistrita village, of Alexandru cel Bun township and has a great historical, but also archaeological value. Being at about 8 kilometers to the west of the city of Piatra Neamt municipality, Viisoara - Alexandru cel Bun township, the monastery lasted for over six centuries sheltered by the forest, facing hardships and attempts of the history.

Bistrita Monastery ennobles the history of this country, being one of the oldest princely foundations. According to tradition, the monastic community of hearth Bistrita has had its beginings during the reign of Petru I Musat, late fourteenth century, when it was built here a little wooden church. In 1402, on the settlement of the wooden church, Prince Alexandru cel Bun built a beautiful stone church. The halidom has over 30 meters long, structured in the narthex, a crypt, the nave and the altar.

Next founder of Bistrita monastery was Petru Rares. The works made by him at Bistrita Monastery were made between 1541-1546. Petru Rares restored the enclosure wall, with towers at the entrance, where he made a small Chapel which is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, restored the royal house, which he decorated with frescoes and enlarged the bell chapel built by Stefan cel mare, adding a nave supported by elegant arches of wall. Petru Rares also built the stone building in the southwestern corner of the enclosure, where functioned until the nineteenth century, a royal school, which currently houses the monastery museum.

The events of 1821 have affected Bistrita Monastery, even in the church giving the fight between Turks and "eteristi" (Greek revolutionaries). Then, all buildings have suffered from fires, the graves of the founders were desecrated and many manuscripts, embroideries and objects of worship were stolen. Only the measures taken by Alexandru Ioan Cuza led Greek monks to leave the monastery.

After the secularization of goods Law aplied in December 1863 ended the "Age of dedication" of Bistrita Monastery, being started a slow but necessary action for revival and reconstruction due to which the ancient foundation rejoined the old hearth of culture and Orthodox life, thoroughly integrated into the country's history and spiritual life of the Romanian people.

The monastery has a rectangular, being protected by strong walls of stone, with an initial height of about four meters, equipped with battlements and watch road. The main entrance is located on the southern side and is arched under a tower with three levels: a room with semi-circular arch, supported by two arches, a chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas on the first floor and an upstairs room.

Both the enclosure wall and the entrance tower are due to Petru Rares (during 1541-1546), similar constructions from the time of Alexandru cel Bun. The enclosure wall has been repaired and strengthened in 1777.

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