Stavropoleos Monastery

Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest

Stavropoleos Monastery
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Built in 1724, this beautiful church is one of Bucharest's oldest.
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  • Universitate (University) • 7 min walk
  • Piaţa Unirii 1 / Piaţa Unirii 2 (Union Square) • 8 min walk
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Octavian Exigent
Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
A beautiful and unexpected peaceful place. Please ask why a Greek name in the heart of Bucharest. And why no more othe
Jul 2020 • Business
Do we love history!? Because whenever you come here you'll get a straight lesson about the Orthodoxie, the Greek regional influence and the remainings of the day... to paraphrase the movie.
You'll get a clear idea about the expansion of a city and another clear picture about the decline of a regional power. If lucky you'll understand the raise of national
Orthodox churches. Really relevant for the Balkans history. Do not hesitate to ask for details.
By the way, I do have a grand grand father arrived in Romania from Greece, specifically from Ioaninna. Does it sound credible!?
Written August 9, 2020
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llinia
Erpe-Mere, Belgium199 contributions
Nice for a short stop
Jul 2020
Nice small church in the historic center of the town. You don’t have to pay but dress modest. No pictures with flash.
Written July 15, 2020
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY6,766 contributions
Worth A Visit
Mar 2020 • Friends
Small and quiet, there is some interesting artwork inside. Each wall has different artwork to admire so it is essential you arrive when the monastery is open. Outside the building is worth admiring from an architectural view. This is located in the Old Town and is easy to walk to and I found it to be very enjoyable stop.
Written May 18, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Small, beautifully-decorated 18th century Orthodox church
Sep 2019
Stavropoleos Orthodox Monastery is in the heart of the Old Town, flanked by tall buildings. It was built in 1724, during the reign of Nicholas Mavrocordatos (Prince of Wallachia, 1719-1730). Its graceful, intricately-decorated exterior combines local elements with Italian and Byzantine influences, and is one of the finest examples of ‘Brancovenesc’ architectural style. The church is dedicated to St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Like many monasteries at the time, Stavropoleos had an inn within its complex, which generated revenue for the monastery. The inn and the monastery's annexes were demolished at the end of 19th century, so now all that remains if the church and library. A small interior court contains ecclesiastic fragments and old funeral stones. The church interior is small, but beautifully decorated with wall and ceiling frescoes. The monastery has an interest in Byzantine music, sponsoring a superb choir and housing the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania. Church hours are irregular, but it is generally open between 9am and 6pm with no entry fee, although a donation is greatly appreciated.
Written April 12, 2020
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Tom M.
Orange County, CA155 contributions
Charming monastery
Mar 2020 • Solo
The Stavropoleos Monastery is a charming little monastery located in the Old Town of Bucharest. If you take the Walkabout Free Tour you will pass by this little monastery if you cannot find it on your own. It's small in size, but very beautiful. I love the look of it even more during the evening when it is lit up.
Written March 27, 2020
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Radu Focshaner
Qiryat Bialik, Israel15 contributions
A must see in Bucharest
Mar 2020
Beautiful small ancient ortodox church located in Bucharest center. Very old wall paintings. On the street with the same name, in front of the big CEC building (on Calea Victoriei)
Written March 10, 2020
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK735 contributions
Beautiful monastery
Feb 2020
We visited this monastery as part of our own walking tour of the city. Beautiful building. Visit the courtyard behind the monastery to find relics from other churches etc
Written March 7, 2020
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Alison P
London, UK22 contributions
beautiful
Feb 2020
When we first visited this tiny church, there was a service in progress and it was packed. It was lovely to see it actually being used, but went back the next day when it was empty to see the details
Written March 7, 2020
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Ulrik G
Copenhagen, Denmark22 contributions
Interesting
Feb 2020 • Solo
Read up on the place. Beautiful, small and with surprising details.
Be respectful, it is a active place of worship
Written February 29, 2020
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Exploration758443
Bucharest, Romania5 contributions
Incredible mystic environment
Feb 2020
Greek Orthodox Church. The Mass was great consisting of male and female chorus on Byzantine style. Outside many Ancient Greek scripts on stone and marble columns giving info on the history of the church.
Written February 23, 2020
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