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Agapia Monastery – Nicolae Grigorescu’s masterpiece

Agapia Monastery Romania
Agapia Monastery is renowned for its interior frescoes, which were painted by the celebrated Romanian artist Nicolae Grigorescu.

Tourist Information

TypeMonastery, Religion
Constructed byGavriil Coci
Painted byNicolae Grigorescu
LocationAgapia, Neamt County, Romania, Europe


Why is Agapia Monastery famous?

The Agapia monastery was founded in the 17th century, more precisely in 1642, by the hetman Gavriil Coci and the monk Agapie. It is one of the largest nunneries in Romania and has a rich history.

Agapia Monastery is a nun monastery, located in a pittoresque village, it is lovely with a lot of flowers everywhere and the cleanliness in this monastery is exemplary.

Also, inside the monastery, there is a great museum.

Agapia Monastery Romania

Agapia Monastery has a significant role in the local community, being an important spiritual center. The nuns at the convent are involved in various charitable and educational activities, including offering help to the needy and organizing traditional craft workshops.

Who painted the frescoes in the monastery church?

Nicolae Grigorescu painted the frescoes in the Agapia Monastery church between 1858 and 1861. His style combines traditional Byzantine elements with Western influences, creating a unique and impressive atmosphere inside the church.

Photo Source: Necunoscut- http://www.bmms.ro, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8907327

What are the main tourist attractions around Agapia Monastery?

Nearby Agapia Monastery are other famous monasteries, such as Varatec Monastery and Neamt Monastery. Also, Vanatori-Neamt Natural Park offers opportunities for hiking and nature exploration.

The city of Targu Neamt and the Neamt Citadel are other interesting attractions for tourists.

Can you buy local products near Agapia Monastery?

There is a small shop at the monastery gate where you can buy natural syrup, jam, and other delicacies prepared by the nuns.

Vivant Museum

On the way to the monastery, on the left is the Vivant Museum, where you can see how, in the past, those in the service of God lived.

Vivant Museum, Agapia

Alexandru Vlahuta Memorial House

After visiting the monastery, you can walk by the alleys, in the village behind the monastery, and visit the Memorial House Alexandru Vlahuta.

Vlahuta Memorial House (1)

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