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"St. Anton" Princely Church

Bucharest Churches, St.Anton Church

  • situated on 22bis, Sepcari street
  • it is considered the oldest building in Bucharest
  • founded by the ruling prince Mircea Ciobanul, 1545-1554
  • between 1558-1559 he rebuilt the Voivode Court where he established his residence
  • his sons Patrascu Voda, Radu and Mihnea Turcitul continued the work
  • the church suffered damages, restorations and modifications
  • Matei Basarab restored it after it had been set on fire and plundered (1611)
  • plundered again by the Tartar and Turk invasion, it was rebuilt by voivodes:
    • Grigore Ghica, 1660-1664
    • Gheorghe Duca, 1673-1678

  • the belfry tower was built during the time of Grigore Ghica and Åžerban Cantacuzino
  • it was later restored by Constantin Brâncoveanu
  • repairs and changes were done during the rules of voivodes: Constantin Mavrocordat and Nicolae Mavrocordat, 18th c.
  • it was seriously damaged during the earthquakes and fires of the first half of the 19th c.
  • it is consecrated to “St. Anton”
  • multiple modifications were done by architect J. Schlatter

St.Anton Church

  • scientific restorations were done at the beginning of the 20th c.
  • these restorations brought the church nearer to its initial form
  • the trichonch plan of the church with:
    • pronaos
    • nave with side apses
    • the altar apsis
  • the nave is covered by a unitary cylindrical vault, interrupted by a belfry near the side apses
    • there are 4 arch-like recesses in the walls
    • the altar apsis has spaces in the walls for the diaconicon and the altar
    • the catapetasma dates since 1852 being realized by sculptor Babic, with post-Brancovan influences
    • in 1852 the church was entirely painted by Constantin Luca and Misu Popp
    • it was painted in Neoclassical style, and the fresco of the belfry tower belongs to painter I. Mihail, 1935
    • the church stores objects of great artistic value:
      • the ciborium donated by Constantin Ipsilanti, 1802-1809 with floral motifs and the coat-of-arms of the reunited Wallachia and Moldavia
      • the silver tray donated by C. Brancoveanu, in 1695
      • the silver pyx, given by Constantin Moruzi
      • a silver chalice
      • ruler Mircea Ciobanul was buried in the church




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