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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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Probota Monastery

judetul Suceava, Bucovina (UNESCO)

Phone0230 204743
0744 493128
AddressCom. Colhasca, Sat Probota,


Located in Probota, in Suceava County, Probota Monastery was built at the order of Prince of Moldova, Petru Rares.
The name of this monastery is of Slavic origin and means "brotherhood". The construction of the halidom was executed under the guidance of the Moldavian ruler Grigore Rosca's cousin, hegumen of Probota Monastery, supported by the monks and lasted from 1530 until 1550.

Petru Rares, son of Stefan cel Mare, with the occasion of building this house of worship, decided to break princely family tradition and foreordained the monastery as future necropolis for him and his successors. Thus, the future of "tomb" was endowed with jeweles and estates. This decision has apparently angered the monks of the time, they have therefore left the monastery to decline.

Initiated by the Prince (after Saint Gheorghe in Harlau in 1530), Saint Nicholas Church is the second church, painted on the outside, but the painters didn't know the whole painting technique. This led to the gradual degradation of the fresco (the mural was executed in 1532). The plan of the building is in shape of a club, after the Byzantine tradition, the three apses being united by a central plan.
Probota Monastery Church dedicated to Saint Nicholas is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.

Despite limiting the color range of the church, this did not prevent the skilled craftsmen to care about details and give life to characters and scenes depicted on the sanctuary walls. The message conveyed by the murals gains an unprecedented  significance because of those hard times for both people and for the country, when three major dangers were threatening the apparent fragility, that the Ottoman and Polish expansion, and church reform.

After the fall of Constantinople (1453) Orthodoxy sought to reaffirm faith, to be pulled back, to unite forces. Thanks for that period of spiritual prosperity these monuments of faith appeared to Romanians. In this sense we conclude that Petru Rares bravely followed his father Stefan cel Mare.

The Prince of Moldavia, Petru Rares, took the initiative to paint the outside monasteries of Moldova. Thus, over a few decades, a total of fifteen Moldavian monasteries were adorned with frescoes of a rare beauty, starting with Saint Gheorghe of Harlau in 1530 and concluded with Voronet in 1547. With all this animus, artistic movements sadly die in a relatively short period. But painting the exterior of the monasteries Sucevita and Rasca in 1552, respectively 1596, represent the deviation from the rule.

The interior fresco has been preserved almost entirely at the halidoms of Humor, Moldovita, Arbore, Voronet and Sucevita. Not the same thing we can say about the outside fresco of Probota Monastery that only partially resists in time, also as Suceava (church of Saint Gheorghe in the monastic settlement Saint John the New) or Rasca.

For the first time appears on the walls of a Moldavian church the "Great Inquest." Disturbing contrast with the interior fresco is provided by Gothic windows. The purpose of this porch is thus extending through its symbolism, becoming from a simple gate, the entrance to another universe.

The narthex space is desired to be resized by its windows and cupolas. Intrinsic harmony of the monastic settlement is emphasized by the hierarchy of the paintings. Along with the first synod, the image "the Virgin carrier of God (Theotokopos)", helped to strengthen Christianity among peoples of different languages, the image replaced the word.

Prince Petru Rares, his wife Lady Helen, daughter of Tsar Despot and their descendants are those who rest in the crypt of the church today. Executed in marble and richly decorated, their funerary stones are made as custom dictated those times. A deep atmosphere surrounding the bodily remains that now are resting in peace.

The western wall of the nave is represented as the founder of the church canons (in this case the great ruler and protector of Moldova - Petru Rares), who hands to Jesus Christ, the settlement model church that was built by him.

Important research and restoration works were initiated after 1989 by a Japanese foundation, which allowed the revelation of original interior frescoes (since 1532), which had exceptionally resisted from the paintings recovery repeated attempts of the "experts" of the nineteenth century. The modern age brought its contribution to upgrade the monument of worship.

The foundation of Petru Rares is concluded after his death, which allowed its founders an assessment of the contributions of Stefan cel Mare's son in maintaining the received spiritual inheritance.

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