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Stavropoleos Monastery Church

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"Stavropoleos Monastery is a large Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns located in the historic old town of Bucharest. Designed in the ornate Brâncovenesc style with high arches and tall windows, it was built in 1724 with stone local by Archimandrite Ioanichie Stratonikeas, during the reign of the Wallachian prince, Nicolae Mavrocordat. The monastery inherited its name from the Greek word “Stauropolis”, which means “City of the Cross”, and was dedicated to Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The paintings of these saints are found inside the main church. While the monastery suffered a series of demolitions and damage caused by earthquakes in the 19th century, subsequently suffered a period of reconstruction at the beginning of the 20th century, during which its breathtaking dome and frescoes were restored majestic. Today you can indulge in the building's beautiful exterior and opulent interior finishes as if this series of disaster had never occurred. The monastery is famous for its choir, first established in 1994, which offers inspiring performances all year round. In In particular, the choir is interested in Byzantine music, a musical style of Greek influence that derives from the era of the Byzantine Empire. The monastery contains a fascinating collection of Byzantine music books stacked in its magnificent library. You can explore this impressive display of religious ambition on your own between 8.30am and 6pm daily, or with a guided tour group. The latter is always recommended to ensure you get the most out of the story fascinating of the monastery."
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"Located in Bucharest’s Old Town, Stavropoleos Monastery boasts a unique blend of architectural influences—Romanian, Oriental, Byzantine, late Italian Renaissance."
"The little church is very beautiful outside and inside. Very interesting architecture and details. Truly a gem in the city."

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