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Razboieni Monastery

4 March 2015 No Comment

IMG_4658_resize   In commune Războieni, at 26 km from Piatra Neamt and 35 km from Targu Neamt (Piatra Neamt 208 DJ –Tupilaţi – Hanu Ancuţei) is the monastery of nuns dedicated to The Synod of Archangels Michael and Gabriel, built in 1496 at the command of Stephen the Great, 20 years after the battle of White Valley. The monastery is built of stone with thick walls and is unique in the series of the foundations of the ruler, having the role of a mausoleum, sheltering under the slabs of the church the bones of 200 soldiers killed in battle, as chronicle of Grigore Ureche says. On one side of the porch walls is an inscription showing the battle that was fought in the forest at the White Valley, on 26 July 1476, when Stephen the Great’s army was defeated, but Moldova could not be conquered. Echoes of this great battle led Dimitrie Bolintineanu to write the poetry Mom of Stephen the Great .

In 1734, was founded the monastery Războieni with community of monks, since 1803, is transformed into a convent. Over time, the church has underwent successive modifications and additions. The bell tower was built up in 1862, and the current painting of worship is of recent date (nineteenth century). Since 1959, the princely church became a parish church. Between the years 1975-1977, the church underwent some restoration works, on which occasion it received initial appearance. The monastery was reopened in 1990, for the community of nuns, as has functioned between the years 1803-1959. Around the sanctuary of orthodox prayer, nuns have developed an intense activity of perpetuating the monastery occupations, working in tailoring workshops, sculpture, lithography icons, carpet weaving and carpentry.

Since 2004, The Church of Holy Kings, The Belfry, the cells dating from the nineteenth century and the Priory too, built in the last century, are historical monuments of Neamt County.

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