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The Mystery of the Neamț Monastery: The Icon of the Mother of God and the Treasure of the Library

Neamt Monastery
In the mysterious heart of the Neamț Monastery, the bright light of an amazing Mother of God icon skillfully created in the ancient year 665, in the holy lands of Israel, was intertwined with the miracles surrounding it.

Tourist Information

TypeMonastery, Religious
TicketsAdults: 5 Lei
Photo / Video fee – Free
Dress CodeMen – long trousers and a sleeved T-shirt
Women – skirt or long pants, and a sleeved T-shirt
Official Sitehttps://neamt.mmb.ro/
LocationVanatori Village, code 617502, Neamt county, Romania, Europe


History of the Neamt Monastery

Neamt Monastery is one of the oldest and most significant monasteries in Romania, located in the northeast of the country, near the town of Piatra Neamt. Founded in the 14th century, this Orthodox monastery has a rich history and an important role in Romanian culture and spirituality.

The governor of Moldavia, Petru I Musat, initiated the construction of the monastery around 1350. However, the most important moment in the history of the monastery is related to the foundation of Alexander the Good and his son, Stephen the Great. They expanded the monastery, giving it the shape we mostly know today.

One of the most famous aspects of the Neamt Monastery is the icon of the Mother of God, known as “The Icon of the Mother of God from the Neamt Monastery”. This icon is considered miraculous and brings many pilgrims from all over the country.

Also, the Neamț Monastery stands out for its impressive library, which houses a valuable collection of books and manuscripts. This library is one of the oldest and largest in Romania, containing over 18,000 volumes.

The architecture of the monastery combines Gothic and Moldavian styles, reflecting diverse influences in its construction. The main church, with impressive interior paintings, attracts attention with its beauty and religious significance. Neamț Monastery has the most beautiful interior, dark, mysterious, covered in frescoes.

As you pass through the entrance tunnel, which has a solid wooden gate dating from 1769, you will immediately see the Church of the Ascension on your left.

In the chamber of the tombs is the tomb of Stefan al II-lea, son of Alexandru cel Bun and uncle of Stefan cel Mare.

Neamt monastery, Romania

The unknown saint from the Neamt Monastery

In 1986 a lift appeared on the path in front of the monastery. The monks decided to dig in that place and discovered the bones which they then attributed to the “Unknown Saint” and put a plaque on that place to attest to the discovery.

The Unknown Saint from Neamt Monastery is a legendary and mystical figure associated with the monastery. This saint is called “unknown” because his identity is not clearly established in history and tradition, but his story has remained surrounded by mystery and veneration.

Legend has it that the Unknown Saint was a monk or scholar who lived in the monastery in the distant past. He would have been a man endowed with spiritual gifts and miraculous abilities, who would have helped the faithful and brought blessings to the monastery and the surrounding community. However, his exact identity and the details of his life remained shrouded in mystery.

The unknown saint from the Neamt Monastery

The Legends of Neamt Monastery

The Neamț Monastery is surrounded by numerous legends that add an air of mystery and sacredness to the place.

Legend of the Construction of the Neamt Monastery

One of the most famous legends says that the Moldavian voivode Petru I Musat, having a great love for God and blessed places, had a divine vision in which angels asked him to build a monastery in a place that God will show. He entrusted his fate to God and, while hunting in the forest, he followed a white deer to the place where Neamț Monastery now stands. This vision was interpreted as a heavenly sign and led to the founding of the monastery.

Legend of the Unknown Saint

As I mentioned before, there is a legend about an unknown saint who lived and practiced asceticism in Neamt Monastery. This saint is considered to be an intermediary between humans and divinity, bringing blessings and help to those who seek his help.

Legend of the Power of the Stone

One of the legends associated with the Neamt Monastery speaks of a stone in the monastery courtyard that would have the power to perform miracles. It is said that if you sit on that stone and say a sincere prayer, God will listen to your wishes.

The Legend of the Icon of the Mother of God

The legend of the Icon of the Mother of God from the Neamt Monastery tells how this precious icon was miraculously painted in 665 in Israel and then arrived at the Neamt Monastery. It is said that this icon had the power to work miracles and help believers in times of need.

These legends, along with others, contribute to the atmosphere of spirituality and mystery that envelops Neamt Monastery. They are important parts of local history and culture and continue to inspire and impress visitors and believers who come to discover this place loaded with meaning.

Secrets, underground tunnels, and mystical symbols in Neamț Monastery

The secrets of the Neamt Monastery have fueled people’s imagination and curiosity throughout time.

Underground Tunnels

An urban legend says that in the basements of the Neamț Monastery, there are secret tunnels that extend under the city and even to other monasteries or important locations. These tunnels would have been used in the past to escape enemy attacks or to communicate secretly.

Hidden treasures

As in many historical places, there have been speculations about the presence of hidden treasures in Neamt Monastery. It is believed that the monks or founders would have hidden valuables or rare books in secret places in the monastery.

Relics and sacred objects

Another speculation concerns the possibility that the Neamt Monastery holds relics of saints or other special sacred objects, which would be kept in a secret place. These stories are often fueled by belief in the miraculous power of such relics.

Occult Signs in the Architecture

Some conspiracy theorists have speculated that there are occult signs or symbols embedded in the architecture and paintings of Neamt Monastery. The triangle with an eye inside is an Egyptian symbol that is on the tower where the entrance to the churchyard is. Rich in varied meanings and disputed in the Orthodox space, he is seen as the Eye of God, the one who sees and knows everything, the one who watches over all mortals and corrects injustices. Not by chance, he was painted or sculpted, especially at the entrance to the monasteries, where he can see all the breath of the Christians called to prayer, and one example is the Neamt Monastery. However, the all-seeing eye is not a Christian symbol. Even though the triangle is reminiscent of the Holy Trinity, it is originally the icon of a pyramid, because the all-seeing eye comes from the eye of Ra, the Sun god of Egypt.

The tower with the Egyptian eye from the Neamț Monastery
Neamt monastery, Romania
Neamt Monastery

Other objectives nearby

Church of Saint Ioan Iacob, Neamt

Church of St. John Iacob Hozevitul
Mihail Sadoveanu Museum – The writer lived here between 1944 and 1961, was his summer residence

Mihail Sadoveanu Museum

The Vovidenia Hermitage
Icoana Noua Hermitage
Icoana Veche Hermitage

About the author


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