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“beautiful calm place”
Review of Manastirea Curchi

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Old Orhei and Kurki Monastry Tour from Chisinau
Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

the Curchi monastery is a very nice place to visit. the road there is good. it has been well restored, showing that the church has quite some money.

the gardens are very nice and have a nice backdrop.
an added element of interest can be the huge limousines in summer for the Moldovan weddings, along with the pretty ladies in nice dresses.

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

If the rush-hour traffic at the bottom of Negruzzi in Chisinau has left you feeling nervous, or if you've found the central bus-station depressing, then this is the place to come to calm down, learn to appreciate beauty again, and re-charge your spiritual batteries.

The monastic foundation, as I understood, is centuries old, but it was suppressed and the buildings turned to non-religious use in Soviet times. What the visitor sees now is a re-foundation, and the buildings and art are largely quite recent.

Which doesn't make the experience any less rich. In fact It adds another layer of meaning to the site.

The paintings in the Church of St Nicholas are gorgeous. And the deep chanting of the monks is wonderful.

The monastery is about half or three quarters of an hour's drive out of Chisinau, along a decent road, past pleasant-looking little villages with blue painted houses.

(P.S. If you're in Orhei with a car you could also check out the famous "Magnetic Hill". Leave it out of gear on the slope, and it will, they say, start moving... UPHILL!)

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Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We had a great guide who brought us here. We stopped off at the top of the valley to check out the view and it really is stunning. We also visited the archeological museum which contains centuries-old artefacts that local villagers have unearthed from their land.
The church / monastery is very unusual as it is carved in to a cliff and very dark inside. It is tiny but very interesting and you can also see the monks' sleeping quarters.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Winter in Moldova can be cold. Really cold. When we arrived it was -17ºC, which makes you cough when you first breathe it in.
When we visited the monastery the snow had melted a little but had now refrozen.
The lake in front of the monastery was a flat blanket of white with trails to fishing holes cut into the ice.
The walk to the monastery is only a hundred yards/metres but gives you enough perspective to note the setting of the monastery complex among the trees and hills.
Inside the gate, guarded by two ridiculously young policemen (the explanation later given was that 90% of the traffic police - and presumably others as well - were sacked in a crackdown on corruption and replaced by new recruits), the complex consists of some accommodation blocks in the background, the main, very vertical building to one side and a smaller church to the other side.
There is a wiki page (http://ro.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%83n%C4%83stirea_Curchi) which could stand translating but which gives an idea of the history.
Unfortunately for us the main building was closed for internal restoration, so we wandered around, past a few monks and a nun, asked a snow-shovelling monk (had he been naughty?) if the gold crosses were solid gold - no - and into a smaller church.
The womenfolk were asked to cover their heads, and scarves were supplied, turning them instantly into so many babushkas..
The church is pretty new.. and pretty but photographs weren't allowed. Not were the women allowed to approach the altar, behind a screen, where baptisms were performed (boys only of course).
At this stage I decided a discussion about women priests was probably moot.
After we lit a few candles the priest seemed to warm up in every way. He gathered us in a semi-circle to face the altar (he had special dispensation that allowed him to turn his back on it) and spoke, with warmth, humour and great consideration (he would stop so I could get an interpretation of what he said, Romanian not being on my list of languages taught in school) about the beliefs and the history of the place.
Not nearly as false, condescending and one-eyed (in fact he was none of those) as I find most in his position, he added immensely to the charm of the place.
He explained some of the rituals and showed us a very ornate box purporting to hold fragments of saints..
Towards the end he bemoaned the fact that when people came and left names to be prayed for, as apparently is the custom, they didn't leave more names, such as those of their extended family. Personally I would ask for fewer names, but I guess I'm not cut it for the priesthood.
Just when I thought he was winding up for the pitch about donations.. he didn't, and just smiled, wished us peace and happiness and asked if we wanted any prayers.
I think he got more donations that way, proving the old adage about catching more flies with honey..

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