Stavropoleos Monastery (Romanian: Mănăstirea Stavropoleos), also known as Stavropoleos Church (Romanian: Biserica Stavropoleos) during the last century when the monastery was dissolved, is an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest, Romania. Its church is built in Brâncovenesc style. The patrons of the church (the saints to whom the church is dedicated) are St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The name Stavropoleos is the genitive case of Stavropolis (Greek, "The city of the Cross"). One of the monastery's constant interests is Byzantine music, expressed through its choir and the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania.
The church was built in 1724, during the reign of Nicholas Mavrocordatos (Prince of Wallachia, 1719-1730), by the archimandrite Ioannikios Stratonikeas, a Greek monk from Pogoniani. Within the precinct of his inn, Ioannikios built the church, and a monastery which was economically sustained with the incomes from the inn (a relatively common situation in those times). In 1726 abbot Ioannikios was elected metropolitan of Stavropolis and exarch of Caria. Since then the monastery he built is named Stavropoleos, after the name of the old seat. On February 7, 1742 Ioannikios, aged 61, died and was buried in his church.
Ricardo Bernáldez López | Mar 1, 2018
Beautiful ortodoxian church. Do not be too touristy when coming inside because people there are quite religious and don't like foreigners to take too many photos. Be respectful.
Ana White | Feb 28, 2018
A beautiful small church, with a small courtyard with oriental influences in its architecture and decorations. It is worth at least a couple of photos.
monica maracineanu | Jan 26, 2018
A historical monument. Awesome architecture. A must see.
Andrei Budan | Dec 29, 2017
Beautiful old church located inside the historical Bucharest. It’s a must to be visited.
Vladimir Eftenov | Nov 16, 2017
Beautiful, quiet holly place in the heart of the Bucharest old town. Entering the garden feels like you teleport to another dimension.
Alexandru Ionescu | Apr 11, 2018
One of the most visited monastery in Bucharest by the foreign tourists. Taking photos is accepted. Being very small, the time of your visit should be optimised according to the number of visitors.
Aleksandr Salynskii | May 8, 2018
It's nice and quite place to visit for a few minutes small church with patio beside it where you can find ancient tombstones with a lot of details in terms of stone carving.
George D | May 8, 2018
One of the oldest Orthodox Church from Bucharest, located in Old Town, near Caru' cu bere Restaurant.
André L | Apr 27, 2018
Most charming ancient little church, lovely atmosphere in the courtyard behind, very photogenic!
Teodora Doncheva | Jun 17, 2018
Amazing place, so beautiful and calm, like a small island of harmony in the middle of all the noise and vanity that splashes over the old town of Bucharest. Just sitting in the yard during the Sunday service I felt at peace, even though I'm not religious and I don't understand the language. The architecture of the church (from 1724) is exquisite, every detail is made with immense care. It is also preserved and restored where necessary very skillfully and cautiously. The spirit of the place is well kept.
Zygmunt Borowski | Jun 17, 2018
Cerkiew Stavropoleos została wybudowana w 1724 roku jako kaplica dla pobliskiego zajazdu. Ufundował ją grecki mnich Joanikide. Naokoło budowli w ślepych arkadach umieszczono freski przedstawiające świętych. Przedsionek posiada piękne kolumny oraz mauretańskie arkady. Wewnątrz znajduje się piękny dziedziniec dzisiejszego klasztoru. Wielu mieszkańców uważa ją za najpiękniejszą cerkiew Bukaresztu. - Biserica Stavropoleos was built in 1724 as a chapel for the nearby inn. It was founded by the Greek monk Joanikide. Around the building was placed in a blind arcades frescoes depicting saints. The antechamber has beautiful columns and Moorish arches. Inside is a beautiful courtyard of the today's monastery . Many residents consider it the most beautiful church in Bucharest.
Roberto Carrosio | Jun 10, 2018
Wonderful ancient church very well preserved. Here you can meet very often some artists and some very famous people. For sure one of the most famous churches at Bucharest
Yonathan G. Stein | May 29, 2018
The small garden is nice, pretty small church at all, but worth your 5 min if you're a tourist like me.
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