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The Healing Spring from Horaita Monastery

2 May 2011 No Comment

the-healing-spring-horaita-monasteryHoraita Monastery, from Neamt County was built in the first half of the XIX century and it’s a unique building because of the architectural elements influenced by the Roman and Byzantine style as well as Russian elements present in the number and configuration of the towers.

The monastery is located at the foot of Horaiciorul Mountain, near the east side of Stanisoara Mountain. The religious settlement is beautifully painted in a neo-Byzantine style, on a reddish background. The iconostasis was made in Wien and sculpted in the baroque style.

The most important event that is organized at Horaita Monastery is known as the procession held with the occasion of “The Healing Spring” Holiday.

This procession is organized around the religious icon of St Mary Mother of Jesus and it takes placed in the week called by Orthodox “The Lighted Week”, when pilgrims from all over the country come here to be a part of this holiday. The procession involves carrying the icon from Horaita Monastery to Horaicioara Hermitage in the sound of bells and followed by pilgrims and priests.

Pilgrims that participate to this religious event walk on a 3km road to Horaicioara Hermitage from where they take some holy water from The Healing Spring. The story says that a long time ago, a monk from Horaicioara Hermitage was walking through the forest when he heard the voice of St Mary. The monk was guided to the place where today you’ll find the Healing Spring.

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