My Favorite Architecture in Bucharest: Stavropoleos Monastery and Brâncovenesc Style

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My Favorite Architecture in Bucharest: Stavropoleos Monastery and Brâncovenesc Style

Stavropoleos Monastery is absolutely beautiful.

Stavropoleos Monastery, Mănăstirea Stavropoleos in Romanian, also known as Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stavropoleos). It’s an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest. We saw a nun singing beautifully outside of the monastery before the prayer session. The church is built in a unique Romanian architectural style, Brâncovenesc.

The Brâncovenesc style, also known as Wallachian Renaissance and Romanian Renaissance, is an art and architectural style that evolved during the Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was an extremely wealthy aristocrat, and a builder of fine palaces and churches.

The patrons of Stavropoleos church are St. Archangels Michael, and Gabriel. The name Stavropoleos is a Romanian rendition of a Greek word, Stauropolis, meaning “The city of the Cross”.

The paintings inside of the church are absolutely amazing. The dome’s paintings were restored at the beginning of the 20th century, after years of suffering from earthquakes and communist regime.

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The dome’s painting

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Painting and chandeliar

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Details of Stavropoleos Monastery outside wall

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Stavropoleos Monastery door

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The courtyard of Stavropoleos Monastery

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The courtyard

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Brâncovenesc style

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Stavropoleos Monastery from the courtyard

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The main door at Stavropoleos Monastery

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Ceiling painting and chandelier

Stavropoleos Monastery

Ceiling painting and chandelier

One of the monastery's constant interests is Byzantine music, expressed through its choir and the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania

One of the monastery’s constant interests is Byzantine music, expressed through its choir and the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania

Stavropoleos Monastery

The dome painting

One of the monastery's constant interests is Byzantine music, expressed through its choir and the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania

One of the monastery’s constant interests is Byzantine music, expressed through its choir and the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania

Stavropoleos Monastery

The ceiling painting

Juno Kim
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1 Comment

  1. fantastic – must be a Turkish influence!

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