Horezu Monastery, Romanii de Jos, Vâlcea

The most important foundation of Constantin Brâncoveanu

Where? When? How much does it cost?

The address on Google Maps is Mânăstirii street, no. 164, the locality of Romanii de Jos, which belongs to the city of Horezu, Vâlcea county. The Horezu Monastery is located 5 km from the town of Horezu on a shortcut called DC146, 50 km from Ramnicu Valcea on the DN67 and about 230 km from Bucharest on the E81. On the main road there are visible road signs that lead you to the monastery. There is a signposted and free parking lot, located 300 meters before the access road that ends in the monastery courtyard.

During the week it can be visited between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., on Saturday until 9:30 p.m., and on Sunday until 9 p.m. Access is free. Decent attire is required.

About Horezu Monastery

We meet several information boards that give us information about the Horezu Monastery. The Horezu Monastery or more recently also called the Hurezi Monastery is a historical monument and is part of the UNESCO world heritage. It was built at the initiative of Ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu (1688 – 1714). It is the largest monastic complex in Southeast Europe built at the end of the 17th century.

The Horezu Monastery is an emblem of the Brancovenesc architectural style, highlighted by its sculpture and painting. It was consecrated on September 8, 1693. The Horezu Monastery ensemble consists of:

  • “Saints Constantine and Elena” Church (1690-1697) and the historical premises (1690-1709) with additions (1751);
  • The “Nativity of the Mother of God” chapel;
  • The Ruler Palace;
  • The dining table;
  • Bell tower-gate tower;
  • Nuns’ Chillies Bodies;
  • The enclosure wall;
  • The well;
  • Annex buildings;
  • The Hospital Ensemble (1696-1699);
  • Hermitage “Holy Apostles” (1698-1700);
  • “Saint Stefan” Hermitage (1703).

1. The Entrance

Car access is prohibited from the parking lot to the entrance to the monastery courtyard. On both sides of the street there are stalls with local, organic products and with toys and souvenirs. After the gate of the monastery we enter an alley as wide as a street, on a slight slope.

towards the entrance

entry

entry

The bell tower-gate

2. Bell Tower – Gate Tower. The Well.

Before the Bell Tower – Gate Tower, on the right is a 19th century well (fountain).

 

The Bell Tower

The Well

The bell tower-gate

3. Annex Buildings. The Enclosure Wall.

The road branches off; I will continue on the secondary road that goes half right. We pass the 19th century outbuildings (annex) and approach the Enclosure Wall (17th century).

 

Annex buildings

The Enclosure Wall

4. The Hospital Ensemble. The Dining Table.

The chosen road leads to the Hospital Ensemble (17th century), located on the right. The ensemble contains the “Assumption of the Virgin Mary” hospital church, the ruins of the hospital and a pavilion. Renovation works were taking place here. The Assumption Hospital (year 1696) was founded by Lady Maria, the ruler’s wife, and is painted by the masters Preda, Nicolae and Ianache. Through a side access we reach the main courtyard. Wow! How pretty!

The Dining Table (18th century) can be visited and is integrated into the quadrangular construction as a wall that also houses the chilies and surrounds the church.

Hospital Ensemble

refectory

5. Church “St. Emperors Constantine and Elena”

In the middle of the main courtyard, at the top, is the Church of St. Emperors Constantine and Elena. We will note the similarity with Curtea de Arges Monastery. In fact, we note the Brancovenesc architectural style with porch and arches supported by columns, with ornaments specific to the Late Renaissance. On the writing is the coat of arms of Wallachia and the Cantacuzino family. Master builders were Manea, Istrate and Vucasin Caragea. Inside, the mural is made by the Greek craftsmen Constantinos and Ioan together with the Romanians Andrei, Stan, Neagoe and Iachim. In the pronaos are the portraits of the Brancoveanu, Basarabeni and Cantacuzino families. The display is impressive. Made of carved and polished linden wood, it is decorated with silver candles donated by Lady Maria Brancoveanu. Photography is not allowed in the church, where the tomb of the first abbot of the monastery, Ioan the Archimandrite, but also the empty tomb of Ruler Constantin Brancoveanu is located. Constantin Brancoveanu would not sleep forever in Horezu, but in the Church of St. George in Bucharest.

Church "St. Emperors Constantine and Elena"

Church "St. Emperors Constantine and Elena"

the painting

6. Church “St. Angels”

I went out under the Tower-Gate and then through the big gate. On the right, outside the courtyard of the monastery, there is the Church “St. Angels”. It was built in the 18th century by Archimandrite Ioan, the abbot of the Horezu Monastery. The address is Mănăstirii street, no. 137.

 

Church "St. Angels"

Church "St. Angels"

Conclusion. My impression.

Horezu Monastery is a remarkable tourist attraction. Although neat and beautiful, I did not see as many flowers as in the courtyards of monasteries in Moldova.

All the best!

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