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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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Mraconia Monastery

Orsova, judetul Mehedinti


The road that connects the cities of Moldova Noua and Orsova passes through the wonderful area of Cazanele Dunarii, unique in the world through the greatness and splendor of those picturesque places. An old monastery called "Mracuna" is situated on the road Orsova-Moldova-Noua, in Mracuna Valley near the village Ogradena Veche.

The old house is hidden in a picturesque place in front of the former Traian road, on the Serbian shore, where is situated  "Tabula Traiana". Over the years the monastery has been known under different names: the Monastery of the Danube Valley, the monastery of the Mracuna valley, the monastery of Ogradena-Veche, the monastery of Orsova. Mraconia Monastery is located in Duhova township in Mehedinti County, at a distance of 15 kilometers west from Orsova city.

Mraconia Monastery
was built on the place where originally existed a point of observation and management of shipping on the Danube; due to the architectural relief because of the parochialism of the pass, here and there, could not happen the simultaneous passage of two boats. That maximum expansion and shrinking of the river received the name "Cazanele Dunarii"; after the opinion of many people, this is the most beautiful place in the country.

The place on which it was built was called "the bubble", because the point of observation there. The word "Mraconia" means "corner" or "dark water". Mraconia Monastery knew all the hostilities of the history, starting from the devastations of the invaders, the presents for the Ottoman Gate, foreign domination and, in the end, to be swallowed by water. The original monastery was built in 1523 under the jurisdiction of the Diocese Varset by the leader of the border region of Caransebes and Lugoj, governor Nicola Garlisteanu. The church received the patron Sfantul Prooroc Ilie.

Mraconia Monastery
existed there since around the half of the XVth century. It is said to be founded in 1453 and rebuilt after 1800. Documentary attested in 1453, Mraconia Monastery was destroyed during the Austro-Russo-Turkish war between 1787 and 1792, being demolished and rebuilt again in 1968.

Although Mraconia Monastery was damaged over time, in 1788 it was still inhabited, and in 1800, the interior plaster was still visible. Following the establishment of an Action Committee, in 1931was started the rebuilding of the monastery and, due to intense activity of the monah Alexe Udrea, in 1947 it led to a new construction of the church, covering it with shingle. Nobody knows how far it came with the construction, but it is known that the ruins were covered by the waters of the Danube in the retained in the perimeter of the accumulation lake of Portile de Fier.

The construction of the hydro-electric plant at Portile de Fier I realized in 1967 made the place to be demolished, its ruins being flooded by the Danube waters. The monastery has not received the right to be rebuilt elsewhere. Due to its fate, it came to be known as "Monastery under the water, Mraconia". The person designated to take care of the building of  the monastery was the priest Cristian Tarta. The works were completed in 1999-2000. The present church has the patron St. Archangels Mihail and Gavril and the Holy Trinity.

Mraconia Monastery is made of brick wall, in the form of a cross. It is divided into sanctuary, nave, porch and opened narthex. Mraconia Monastery has a council of monks. From the original church, which now is under Danube waters, are preserved only royally doors and a candle - in the parish museum Eselnita.

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