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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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The Holy Trinity Cathedral

Blaj, judetul Alba

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The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity from Blaj is a valuable baroque building from Transylvania, built between 1741-1749 and based on the plans of the Viennese architects Johann and Anton Martinelli. They used as source of inspiration the Jesuit Church of Cluj, the first Catholic church built in Transylvania after the Reform.

The building was extended in 1838, when the two monumental towers were added. Together with the Theological Academy, it dominates the central square of Blaj. The place of worship serves as a major archbishopric cathedral of the Romanian Church United with Rome.

Bishop Ioan Inocentiu Micu Klein closed a contract on March 30 1738 with Johann Martinelli (imperial architect at the Court of Vienna), that stipulated the building of the cathedral, of a school and the Holy Trinity Monastery, against a payment of 61,000 Austrian florins. In 1748 the construction was finished, the finishes remaining to be executed.

The rood screen was produced after. It was carved from linden wood in Targu-Mures, by carpenter Aldea. The rood screen was brought to Blaj in pieces, by cart, and placed in the cathedral. The icons were painted by handicraftsman Stephen Tenetchi from Arad in 1765. It is the largest rood screen in Romania.

The painting on the cathedral's dome dates from 1748-1749 and it's made in several registers, Byzantine with realistic accents. It includes scenes from Jesus' life, the Heavenly Liturgy, as well as a series of portraits of Popes located in the tower's interior and the superior registry. In the shrine are situated three paintings made by Raicu: the Descending of the Holly Spirit (in the altar area), the Baptism of Jesus in Jordan (on the right), and Jesus' Tomb Burial (on the left).

The exterior walls of the pulpit's staircase showcase wood paintings, all made by Raicu, representing Vasile the Great, Archbishop Cezareei Capadociei; St. Gregory Dialogue, Pope of Rome and Ioan Gura de Aur, Archbishop of Constantinople; outside the pulpit itself there are the icons of the four evangelists.

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