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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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Patrauti Saint Cross Monastery

judetul Suceava, Bucovina (UNESCO)

Phone0740 057712
AddressLoc. Patrauti,
Contact personPreot Drd. Gabriel Herea


Patrauti village is mentioned in documents since the time of Alexander the Good (in Rom. Alexandru cel Bun), namely in 1330.

Patrauti Church belonged to the only monastery of nuns ensemble, built by Stephen the Great (in Rom. Stefan cel Mare). The monastery had mostly the role of taking care of the battles injured who fought near the fortress of Suceava.

The inscription in Slavonic at the top of the entry’s portal notes:
'' I, Stephen the Prince, Prince of Moldavia, son of Bogdan Prince, began to build this monastery in the name of the Holy Cross in 6995 (1487) on June 13''. (translation from Romanian).

Saint Stephen the Great builds churches in the last 17 years of his life, Patrauti Church being built in the first year, that is 1487. The fall of the original church of Putna and the devastation of the church Milisauti made Patrauti Church to be today the oldest church built by Saint Stephen the Great.

The signs left by invading armies weapons on the entry portal into the nave describe the tragic history of the church. Robbed since the XVI century, the church was abandoned several times. Traces of almost 200 years of desertion can be seen in the destruction made to the plaster arches and vaults of the sanctuary and narthex. Patrauti Church is saved in the early eighteenth century by Bishop Calistru of Chernivtsi and since the second part of the eighteenth century, the church is used as a parish church.

In the summer of 2003 in this church serves Father Gabriel Here. In autumn 2003, under the guidance of His Holiness Pimen, extensive restoration works were initiated andhave unearthed fresco areas of priceless artistic and historical value. In 2004, in order to protect all the original iconography from the XV century, it was initiated the construction of a chapel where today is officiated the liturgical life.

Surviving the times, Patrauti Church, with pleasant and calm architectural forms, situated on the banks of the river Patrauceanca, urges believers to an intimate communion due to the heavenly hierarchies, the wooded hill nearby, where rest, in an old cemetery, monks or fighters of the ruler Stefan the Great.

Because of the original maintain form, both architectural and iconographic, Patrauti Church was included in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, being the oldest Orthodox church, UNESCO monument, in Romania.

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