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Darvari Hermitage


Darvari Hermitage


  • it is almost in the center of Bucharest on 3, Darvari Hermitage street
  • it was founded in 1834, by Mihail Darvari and his wife Elena, born in the Buzesti family, who bought from the founders of “Icoana” Church – Babeanu family – a site behind this church

  • here, a small and modest wooden church, without a belfry, was built
  • the church yard was surrounded by thick and high walls, and on the northern and western sides were built cells, for the priests who would officiate in the new church
  • in 1835, 12 nuns belonging to the monasteries from Ciorogârla and Pasărea were brought to take care of the church and to sing at the divine services
  • In 1854, Mihail Darvari died of cholera at the age of 56
  • the nuns left the hermitage and Elena Darvari changed it in a hermitage for monks in 1868


  • the hermitage was repaired in 1895, at the same time the belfry was built, this time Nicolae Darvari being the guardian
  • in 1933 the church was demolished and until the end of the year a new church was raised, that still exists
  • the church of the hermitage becomes an unction church, but after 1959 it was called Darvari Hermitage


  • in 1996 the Darvari hermitage was re-established, so correcting the mistake done in 1959
  • the church was built of brick in the shape of a cross and in the architectural style of Wallachia and Oltenia

  • it is divided into altar, nave and pronaos
  • the pronaos delimits the nave by wide pillars
  • the altar screen is of wood, embellished with a fine sculpture and a very beautiful painting
  • the tower spire is on the nave, opened in an octagonal shape, with high windows
  • the painting in fresco was done by painter Keber in 1934
  • in 1967, it was washed and restored due to the donations of the believers
  • the belfry is 15 m south from the altar, of brick, with a floor, having a cell downstairs used to sell religious objects
  • the tomb of the founder is in the pronaos, on the right side, covered by a marble tombstone

  • in July 1992, Darvari Hermitage (the church and the whole building complex), was declared historical monument.


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