Monasteries and churches

In Romania, religious life complies with freedom of beliefs principle, which is also confirmed by Romanian Constitution, article 29, along with freedom of speech and mind.

The prevalent religion is Orthodoxism, almost 88% of Romanian population declaring themselves as Christian - Orthodox. The Romanian Orthodox Church is almost 2 000 years old.

Therefore, most of the Romanian monasteries and churches belong to the Christian - Orthodox Church. Below we show you the most beautiful and impressive places of worship on Valley of Prahova.

Princely Church

The Princely Church (Biserica Domneasca) - Built in 1889 using only quarry stone, The Princely Church is an Orthodox church which, due to its age, architecture and interiors, belongs to the most popular buildings of the town. The Princely Church is a scale copy of Horezu Monastery. On the narthex walls are painted, in real size, the founders of the church: king Carol I and queen Elisabeth. . biserica domneasca The church is built in a cross shape with 2 towers with different styles by an Italian team lead by Pietro Dreossi. The entire furniture is made from solid wood. The incredible beautiful iconostasis was made in Vienna and it is considered the most beautiful in entire Romania. The altar paintings are made by Agnes Exner, and the original icons are painter Gheorghe Tatarascu's creations.

Caraiman Monastery

Caraiman Monastery - Is an orthodox monastery placed on the foot of massif Caraiman, in Busteni town. The imposing Cross on Caraiman seems to gather the believers to this holy place, where tranquility and prayers are ruling. Climbing up to cable car in Busteni, on the left side comes up the road sign pointing to a path somehow hidden under pine trees' branches, its stone bearing the signs of time, having tiles here and there. manastirea caraiman The narrow path takes its pilgrims to a light oasis where massif Caraiman comes up, also having this monastery. The specific place to build this impressive monastery was chosen by Priest Gherontie Puiu not by hazard, but being guided by The Holy Mother, who helped him through the difficult times of his life and whom he often met in his dreams. Having the belief his birth was protected by The Holy Mother, Priest Gherontie Puiu also strongly believes he was chosen for this holy mission and, after long years of hard work, he succeeded in building Caraiman monastery.

Cheia Monastery

Cheia Monastery - Located in a natural place of incredible beauty, in a small hollow on the foot of Ciucas mountains near Bratocea gorge (the frontier that used to separate in those times Transylvania from Vlahia), Cheia monastery seemed to be the uniting place for the Romanians from both sides of Carpathians. It was built as religious hermitage by the shepherds from Sacele in 1770, being destroyed in 1777 by Ottomans. manastirea-cheia In 1830, they build another hermitage - "The Assumption of Virgin Mary ", which was almost entirely destroyed by a fire. In 1835, the great governor Mihai Ghica donated a place to two Transylvanian brothers : prior Damaschin and Justin Barsan, so they could build the current church which was blessed four years later, being named "The Holy Trinity". From the architectural point of view, Cheia Monastery is defined by the traditional Muntenian style. The building itself is massive, having 23 m in length and 6.5 m width, having three high towers that gives a specific elegant line. The monastery is surrounded by the monks' rooms, on the Western side there is the bell tower and on the Northern part there is the chapel of "The Assumption of Virgin Mary".

Sinaia Monastery

Sinaia Monastery - Is the monument that, after three hundred years of existence, still restlessly, spiritually, guards the town having the same name. Sinaia Monastery is a complex of buildings having several parts:
The main church - The very first electrified religious building, built during Bibescu Voda's reign between 1843 and 1846, by Paisie and Ioasaf priors.

The secondary church - Built in 1695 by the great sword-bearer Mihai Cantacuzino who also gives its “Sinaia” name after his pilgrimage from 1862 when, from all the religious places he visited, was profoundly impressed with Sinai Monastery.

Tache Ionescu's grave - Is the well-known politician's resting place. He dedicated his entire life and effort to unite the Romanian historical provinces.

Sinaia Monastery Museum - Built in 1895 at the celebration of bicentennial of the monastery. Thus it becomes the first religious museum in Romania.

The bell tower - Dates from 1892, its bell was brought here from Coltea tower - Bucharest and it weights 1700 kg.

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