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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 Brancoven style, of particular beauty located in the center of Bucharest. When you step into the inner courtyard it seems that you are entering a magical and peaceful place, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Tourist Information

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


History of the Stavropoleos Church

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

Brâncovenesc style combines local elements with Italian and Byzantine influences.

The dome was restored and painted.

Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
The cieling of the Stavropoleos Monastery

Try to visit the church both during the service, which is carried out in the neo-Byzantine tradition and will impress you, but also when there is no service to admire the whole interior.

The relics of the Saints

In the nave of the church, next to the iconostasis, 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 and the Holy Martyr Haralambie.

Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
The relics of saints in Stavropoleos monastery

The Monastic Life

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.

Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
Stavropoleos monastery iconostas

The Stavropoleos Yard

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 a collection of large carved or engraved stones, such as bas-reliefs, statues, and tombstones.

Stavropoleos Monastery, Bucharest
The yard of the Stavropoleos Monastery

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

Underground works on the electricity network in 1998 led to the discovery of underground buildings in the middle of Stavropoleos Street, near the church. Archaeological excavations started during that period led to the discovery of fragmentary sections of walls probably belonging to several construction stages of the Stavropoleos Inn.

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I am Catalina, and my passion for travel, mysteries, legends and archaeology drives me to explore the world and uncover its hidden wonders.