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Only photos from or about Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest, Romania

"Whenever I receive guests from abroad, in Bucharest, I feel that a visit to Stavropoleos is inevitable. On each such occasion I myself rediscover the church as the emblem of the unclassifiable. In its proportions it seems intended for a small community, but in its decor and stateliness it has an imperial allure. In its composition the distinction between metropolitan and provincial, between urban and rural, between courtly pomp and parohial utility becomes blurred. An unexpected coherence combines Renaissance and Baroque, immanent vigour and ceremonial rigour. It is as if the builder had wanted uninhibitedly to test how far it was possible for Persia to cohabit with Italy within an Orthodox ambience, specifically in the "Greek quarter" of Bucharest.
The result has an absolute, unrepeatable charm: a sweet blend of well-behaved liturgy and daring exoticism. The wordly and the heavenly reconciled beneath the same cupola."

Andrei Plesu

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The Stavropoleos Church was built by Archimandrite Ioanichie in 1724, during the second reign of Nicolae Mavrocordat (1719-1730) in the Romanian Land. Born in the village of Ostanitza in the eparchy of Pogoniana (Epirus), Ioanichie came to the Romanian Land from Gura, a dependent monastery of the Pogoniana Archbishopric. The present church was built by Ioanichie within the precincts of the two-storey inn he had established in Bucharest. The monastery he founded was sustained financially by the inn, a common arrangement during the epoch.

In 1726, Abbot Ioanichie was elected Metropolitan of Stavropoleos and Exarch of the Karia region. At this time, the monastery which he had built was given the title Stavropoleos, after the name of the old metropolis (bishop’s see).

Of the original monastery and inn buildings, only the church has been preserved. It represents one of the most outstanding examples of the Brincoveanu style.

The other buildings that can be seen today are the result of an extensive restoration and building project begun in 1897 by well-known architect Ion Mincu.

"Nicaieri n-am resimtit rostul unei biserici mai adinc decit la Stavropoleos... Este o mare eroare a crede ca o biserica este facuta numai pentru slujba. In Italia, biserica este inima fiecarui cartier, fiecarei strazi."
Gh.M. Cantacuzino – "Arcade, Firide si Lespezi"

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