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Stavropoleos Church, a Brâncovenesc masterpiece in the middle of Bucharest

Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
Stavropoleos is a small monastery, built in Brâncovenesc style.
Stavropoleos is a small monastery, built in Brâncovenesc style, of a special beauty located in the center of Bucharest. When you step into the courtyard you enter in a quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
TypeChurch, Monastery
Construction Year1724
Opening Times8:00 – 19:00
Getting thereBy Bus – Universitate
By Metro: M2 line stop Universitate or Piata Unirii 2
Official Websitehttps://www.stavropoleos.ro/
LocationStavropoleos 4 St, Bucharest, Romania, Europe

The Stavropoleos Church

The Stavropoleos Church was built during the reign of Nicolae Mavrocordat, by archimandrite Ioanichie Stratonikeas in the precinct of his own inn. In the past, inns were built near to support churches financially.

Brâncovenesc style combines local elements with Italian and Byzantine influences.

Try and visit the church during times of musical service, which is conducted in neo-Byzantine tradition. 

The dome was restored and painted.

Stravropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
The ceiling of the Stavropoleos Monastery

In the nave of the church, next to the iconostas, in a chest, there are particles from the relics of some honest saints in the Eastern Church: Saint Andrew the Apostle, Saint Peter the Apostle, Saint Martyr Ignatius Theophorus, Saint Martyr Justin the Philosopher, Saint Hierarch Vasile M Pantelimon, the Holy Martyr Teodor Stratilat, the Holy Holy Martyr Haralambie.

Stravropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
The relics of saints in Stavropoleos monastery
Stravropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
Stavropoleos monastery iconostas

The community life of the monks living here is divided between prayer, work and study. Old books, icons, vestments and liturgical embroideries are restored, books are written and edited, psaltic music is written and work is done to transfer the library’s books digitally.

The poet Tudor Arghezi was for a time a deacon in this church, during the five years of monastic life.

The Stavropoleos Yard

Stravropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
The yard of the Stavropoleos Monastery

The inner courtyard of the Stravopoleos church is of great beauty, you will feel inner peace and serenity when you step here. In the courtyard, you can see the collection of large carved or engraved stones, such as bas-reliefs, statues and tombstones.

The Collection

Here you can see artifacts and icons on wood or glass received or purchased in time but also objects that belonged to the monastery, including the famous Tree of Life icon.

The Library

The monastery library contains numerous volumes of theology, art and history, a collection of over 10,000 volumes.

The library also contains an important collection of old books, manuscripts and prints in Romanian, Greek and Slavonic. There are over 80 manuscripts and 400 prints, cult books, or musical manuscripts, some from the 17th or 18th century, used by our psalms in comparative studies, to correct the editions used in liturgical practice.

Underground Constructions

Work to build an electricity transformation point, in 1998, led to the discovery of underground buildings in the middle of Stavropoleos Street, near the church.
Archaeological excavations that began at that time led to the release of fragmentary sections of walls probably belonging to several stages of building the Stavropoleos Inn.