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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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UNESCO

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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Horaita Monastery

judetul Neamt, Moldova

AddressLoc. Dobreni,

Description

Horaita Monastery is situated in the middle of a large forest area, which is reached by following the national road DN 15 C, where a modernized road in the village Dobreni (DJ 156 A) is off to the west, passing through villages Negresti and Poiana.

In 1466 Stefan cel Mare decided that the two villages of hunters around the City of Vaslui to be moved at the Horaita monastery and the Royal Court was established in the powerful city of Neamt. The monks left the monastery and went in the woods about 800 meters, founding Horaicioara Hermitage and have returned only in 1518, when the two villages of hunters retreated and settled nearby Caciulesti in town called Gura Valley. The monks led by Archimandrite Chiriac, coming from Horaicioara, built another church, which lasted until 1822, when it was demolished by Irinar Rossetti, to build a new one.

The present church was built by Abbot Iermoghen Buhus descending from Cantacuzino Pascanu family, helped by a few founders, including Mr Mihail Sturza, prince Grigore Ghica, Metropolitan Sofronie etc. after the model of a church on Mount Tabor. The construction works were completed on October 2 1867.

The big church from Horaita is a special note in the development of Moldavian architecture, being close to the style of churches in the micro-Asian regions. Presents a very unusual constitution and worths to mention how Transylvanian and Moldavian elements have managed to sneak in this eclectic architecture context, yet original.

The dominant feature which is emited by the building is massiveness, feature specific to the stone buildings, feeling supported by the unusual thickness of the walls, the large proportion and rectangular plan of the building. The porch of the west side with its lateral towers presents Transylvanian influence, having, in addition to protect the entrance, the function to customize the facade. The building is bordered on the corners of withdrawals, of which the SE and NW accommodate access stairs to the balconies-Tribune.
On the roof are eight towers which highlights the innovational note of the building and only the central towers are not blind.

The interior, painted by artist Mihai Chiuaru in the recent years, is a single room of overwhelming proportions, separated of the altar by a wall on which is located the veil. Three ball caps supported by two cross arches directly descended on the wall and the other lateral longitudinal arches, form a relatively simple and quite efficient vaulting system, although the pressure on the walls is great.

The iconostasis is an exception to the known iconography rules, with a special structure. It consists of three segments and two beautifully and superimposed carved arches: one with painted icons, situated above, and the other composed of floral carved motifs. But what surprises most is the presence of an oval pulpit at the top of the iconostasis. A central staircase leads from the altar to the pulpit.

Among the buildings located around the church should also be noted the Chapel of St. Nicolae, built in 1725, consisting of a rectangular room with a pentagonal apse and a plain ceiling, decorated with a naive painting, and that makes a single body with the cells of the northern side of the enclosure. The bell tower, on the eastern side, which allows entry inside at the ground floor, was built between 1853-1854. The tower hosts the "Descent of the Holy Spirit" chapel, which is the veil of the eighteenth century, a piece of artistic interest which comes from a wooden church.

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