The Monasteries around Bucharest

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Dec 14, 2007
Caldarusani Monastery lies 30 km. from Bucharest to the north-east, on the shore of the lake with the same name. It was built in 1637-1638 (in 100 days sharp) by Matei Basarab on the spot of a former convent. The cellar to the right hosts nowadays the Thesaurus, where religious items are kept. A museum with icons painted by Nicolae Grigorescu exists there. Snagov Monastery lies also 30 km. north of Bucharest. The monastery was established in the 14th century and, among the rulers that contributed to its building and development were Mircea the Old, Vladislav the 2nd and Vlad the Impaler. In 1517-1521 Neagoe Basarab replaces the old dwellings. Of them, only the big church survived, as the other two churches (one from 1431 and one from 1588) have disappeared. The pro naos hosts several graves; the legend says that under a nameless tombstone there is the grave of Vlad the Impaler, but archaeological research could not confirm this. The interior frescoes are original, from 1563. Samurcasesti Monastery is located in Ciorogarla Village, east of Bucharest. The monastery was founded in 1808. It was seriously damaged by the earthquake in 1940 and had to ber demolished and rebuilt. It is set in Brancoveanu style, with three altars. The silver plated icons on the altar are especially attractive, as well as the design created by red bricks on the church walls and columns. Comana Monastery is located 30 km. south of Bucharest. The fortified monastery was built by Vlad the Impaler of wood (1461) on an island in the middle of a swampy area very difficult to cross and this has provided it with a natural defensive feature against the Turkish invasions. It was rebuilt in 1588, then ruined afterwards and rebuilt again in 1699-1703. In 1728 it was overtaken by Greek monks, then it was damaged, just to be restored in 1854, closed in 1863 and reestablished in 1991. The church is surrounded by a square layer of cells on two levels, with a monumental portico and robust brick columns.
Caldarusani Monastery
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