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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]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Brancoveni Monastery

judetul Olt, Oltenia

Phone0249 413243
AddressLoc. Brancoveni,

Description

Brancoveni Monastery is situated 20 km southwest of Slatina, south of Piatra-Olt, in the area of Caracal-Slatina (DN 64) and 6 km to halt Parascoveni in Brancoveni village. This village is documentary attested by Mircea cel Batran (1386-1418). Years that followed recorded the interest in this land of other great rulers like Neagoe Basarab, Mihai Viteazul, Matei Basarab, Constantin Brancoveanu.

The nobbles of family Brancoveni built in the XVI th century  Brancoveni architectural ensemble as a refuge In 1570, madame Celea, Matei Basarab's grandmother, built here a wooden church, where the monks served. Since 1634, Matei Basarab took a large-scale works for the restoration and transformation of architectural ensemble provided with an ingenious system of fortifications in order to ensure a bastion of defense in case of military operations. The bell-tower, spacious vaulted cellars, and the defense wall provided with battlements are preserved from Matei Basarab's reign.

The current church with the patron "St. Nicholas", was built in place of the old one by Constantin Brancoveanu in 1699. He also founded a church-hospital one year later.

Times were tough for the monastery. During the Austrian-Turkish war of 1716-1718 was partly burned, and the earthquake in 1838 severely damaged it. The big church, rebuilt in 1700 in Brancoveanu style, has a cruciform shape, divided into altar, nave and narthex. The porch is open, supported by eight stone columns, arranged in the center. The reredos is the original one, from wood, with a richly decorated sculpture, gilded; a tower on the nave and the doors are heavy, wooden carved oak, with a divided composition and a rich modeling. In the pronaos are buried in Pope Brancoveanu - Constantin Brancoveanu's father, his mother and grandmother and in the porch is burried madame Celea. The painting dates since 1837, the authors are unknown. The church-hospital dates since 1702 and was built in triconc plan.

The secularization of the manasteries' assets during Cuza's reigning turned it into a modest facility, whose curator was Popa Sapca, and then followed years of ruin. Monasticism was continued by monks, but they left the monastery after the death of the priest Radu Sapca. The monastery was partially restored by Bishop Vartolomeu Stanescu. Between 1940-1959 was a monastery of nuns, but according to the decree 410 / 1959 given by Gheorghiu-Dej, the monastery was disbanded and has been founded here a home for the elderly, and then remained empty for 20 years. After 1980, a few nuns were brought here from the Monastery Clocociov and began the first reparations.

Holly Gherasim Cristea took the trouble for this facility to regain the brilliance once it had, planning capital renovation works. The two churches were consolidated and re-boarded with zinc. They opened access roads, it has being recovered a portion of agricultural land belonging to the monastery, the lakes were drained and the hills covered with orchards.

In the basement under the big Priory there has been arranged a model lapidarium, where they temporarily sheltered sculptures from churches in Bucharest. In the monastery's museum is preserved the columns of Vacaresti Monastery, icons of the XVIIIth century, the funeral stones of Ghica Voda, Barbu Vacarescu.

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