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Radu Vodă Monastery


  • situated on 24A, Radu Vodă street
  • the monastic complex was built on a hillock surrounded by marshes
  • the church of the monastery was built by Alexandru III, voivode of Wallachia 1568-1577, on the site of an older religious establishment
  • the son of Alexandru III, Mihnea Turcitul painted the church and built the surrounding cells
  • it belongs to Alexandru III Mircea Vodă and his wife Ecaterina:
    • wall monastic foundation
    • royal palace
    • fortified precincts
  • Sinan Paşa:
    • fortified the monastery and built a stockade and 5 bastions with towers
    • he changed the church into a mosque
    • when he retreated, he set all on fire (1595)

Radu Vodă Monastery - Facade  
  • in 1613 Radu Mihnea Vodă began the building of the church and monastery
  • his son, Alexandru II Mihnea finished the constructions, 1624
  • it was hallowed by Chiril, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • Alexandru Vodă Coconul returned the old possessions to the monastery
  • after the 1802 and 1838 earthquakes, parts of the monastery were restored in 1847
  • it is one of the richest monastic establishment in the country
  • the construction houses Sf. Sava Lycee
Radu Vodă Monastery - The altar screen  

  • the church was painted by C. Lecca and Mişu Popp; only the altar screen and the icons remained untouched
  • in the monastery precincts was built the construction for the theological boarding school
  • restorations between 1969-1974
  • the painting was restored by archimandrite Sofian Boghiu and V. Caraman
  Radu Vodă Monastery - pronaos  

Radu Vodă Monastery -Radu Vodă's tomb   Radu Vodă Monastery - Iustinian Marina's tomb
  • in the church were buried:
  • ruler Radu Mihnea Vodă
  • patriarch Justinian Marina
  • the tombs are architect C. Joja’s work of art

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