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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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Jitianu Church

judetul Dolj, Oltenia

AddressCom. Podari, Sat Braniste,


Jitianu Monastery is situated about 8 km in the south of Craiova, close to the road Craiova - Calafat, at the eastern edge of the village.
Following tradition, there was a wooden church built by Mircea cel batran, as gratitude for the victory attained at Rovine and in memory of the fallen soldiers. Jitianu Monastery apperars in the documents at the beginning of the fifteenth century, before the building the actual construction, which took place between 1654 - 1658. It is the second stone church, as age, in Craiova countryside. There are several documents in support of allegations that the monastery existed at the beginning of the XVI century.

On 16 April 1625, Cosuna Monastery sells to Jitianu Monastery a screed for around eight thousand harsh ducats. In an article published in the journal "Metropolitan of Oltenia", Gr. Bulat says that the founders of the monastery are the nobles from Craiova - Bunoveti (Barbu, Parvu, Daniel), who built the building from piety and for defense against the Turks.

This explains the fact that after this it has been taken care of by the Bunoveti nobles descendants: Radu Serban Voda, Voda Constantin Brancoveanu and even Stefan Cantacuzino. Before 1628, the Jitianu monastery is dedicated to St Paul Monastery of Mount Athos. From other documents results that before Ms Balasa, there are mentioned as founders of the place the nobles Bengesti and Mary from Obede, whose bones were buried at the monastery.

The present monastery, built between 1654 - 1658, was built in part by Mrs. Balasa, wife of Prince Constantin Basarab Carnu. It was finished in 1701 by Popa Luca from Stefagora and Petru Obedeanu. Also that time it have been painted the entrance and the cells as the inscription of 1731 shows.

Archimandrite Dorotei Craioveanul is also repairing the church in 1812. Other repairs were made in 1856, when the painting was restored, about which there's no other data. After the secularization of the monastery's assets in 1864, at Jitianu there was no monasticism anymore. It remained as the parish church of the village of Balta Verde until 1914, when it was closed because it had reached a state of advanced decay.

Between 1864 - 1873, in the former monastery functioned a school of agriculture, which was moved to Herastrau Bucharest.
During 1925 - 1932, Historical Monuments Commission, helped by the believers around, repaired the church, without bringing essential changes.

After 1939, Jitianu Monastery was inhabited by nuns. They  built the actual cells, established weaving, seamless and carpets workshops. They continued by building the household constructions. Before entering the premises of the monastery, there is a fruit-growing plantation and along with it Cuza Voda's plantation of mullbery trees, which is being taking care of and protected as a historic monument.

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