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5 most important churches to visit in Bucharest Romania

A walking tour along the most famous Christian Orthodox churches in Bucharest, Romania.

We start with The Church of the "Stavropoleos" Monastery, one of the most beautiful religious city monuments.

"Saint Anthony" Church is considered to be the oldest religious building in Bucharest.

After that, we head to "Saint Nicholas" Church with its distinctive seven domes.

"Kretzulescu" Church is another church with unique architectural elements.

Finally, we will have a look at the new Cathedral still under construction.

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The Church of the "Stavropoleos" Monastery

The Church of the "Stavropoleos" Monastery, also known as Stavropoleos Church, is an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns located in central Bucharest, Romania.

The church was originally part of the Stavropoleos Monastery, which was founded by the Greek monk Ioanichie in the 18th century.

The church is built in the Brâncovenesc style, which is a Romanian architectural style that combines local, Byzantine, Ottoman, Renaissance, and Baroque elements.

The Stavropoleos Monastery quickly became one of the richest in Bucharest due to the donations of its well-off worshipers.

However, in the 19th century, it suffered serious damage from fires, inefficient administration, and earthquakes, leading to its ruin.

The old monastery and inn were demolished at the end of the 19th century, but the church was restored and the monastery rebuilt.

After more than 20 years of restoration work, the church of Stavropoleos Monastery was reconsecrated on June 4, 2012, at the Feast of the Holy Trinity.

Stavropoleos Church is a masterpiece of the late Brâncovenesc style from the early 18th century.

The church's exterior is covered with colorful walls, and its interior is adorned with paintings and elegant decorative elements, making it a beautiful collection of religious art.

The church's walls and ceilings are covered in paintings, and the church is known for its ornate fa├žade adorned with patterned frescoes. 

"Saint Anthony" Church

The church was founded during the reign of Prince Mircea Ciobanul in the 16th century.

It is dedicated to Saint Anthony, who is the patron saint of children and is believed to protect them from diseases.

The church is known for its beautiful architecture and historical significance.

It is built in a characteristic Serbian style, with a facade arranged in white and red stripes.

Over the years, the church has undergone various transformations and restorations.

The Great Fire of Bucharest in 1847 partly destroyed the church, and surrounding buildings were demolished. 

"Saint Nicholas" Church

The Saint Nicholas Russian Church was initiated in 1905.

It was primarily intended for the use of the Russian legation employees and Russians living in Bucharest at that time.

The church was funded by the Court of Emperor Nicholas II.

It features a characteristic Russian religious architecture style with seven onion domes, which were initially covered in gold.

The church underwent restoration work in the 2000s.

"Kretzulescu" Church

The church was commissioned in 1720-1722.

It was built in the Brâncovenesc style, which is characterized by its unique architectural elements and decorative motifs.

Originally, the exterior of the church was painted, but during the restoration work carried out in 1935-1936, the fa├žade was reconstructed using brick.

The frescoes on the porch of the church date back to the original structure, while the interior frescoes were painted by Gheorghe Tattarescu in 1859-1860.

Kretzulescu Church suffered damage during the 1940 Vrancea earthquake but was repaired in 1942-1943.

The church has undergone further renovations after the Bucharest earthquake of 1977 and the Revolution of 1989.

Catedrala Mantuirii Neamului

The People's Salvation Cathedral, this massive Eastern Orthodox cathedral is under construction and is expected to be completed in 2025. Upon completion, it will be the world's largest and tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral.

The cathedral's architecture blends traditional and contemporary styles, and its interior will be adorned with mosaics.

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