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To stay in Moldova and not to visit one of its monasteries means not to admire the marvelous architecture and its originality. The modern touristic routes usually run across the most prominent and renowned cloisters. Besides of the oldest monasteries such as Capriana, Hincu, Noul Neamt, Curchi, Moldova is famous by its unique cave monasteries hided deep in the wood or on the banks of the picturesque rivers. Their doors are always opened for visitors, pilgrims and tourists.

Ciuflea Monastery

The Ciuflea Monastery

The monastery was financed by Anastasie Ciufli (1801 – 1870) to respect the last will of his brother Teodor Ciufli (1796 – 1854). The two brothers were Aromanian merchants who emigrated from Macedonia to Bessarabia in 1821. Anastasie was authorised to start the construction of the church for his brother in 1854, it was finally consecrated on June 6, 1858. Teodor’s remains were placed in the south wing of the building, his brother eventually joined him in their final resting place after his own death 11 years later. In 1962, many churches of the Moldavian SSR were closed or their purpose changed. The main church of Chi?in?u, the Nativity ...
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Saharna Monastery

The Saharna Monastery

Saharna Monastery is situated in 8 km from Rezina town and 120 km from Chisinau city. The monastic complex is a natural reservation; it encompasses 670 ha and is under the government protection. Initially the monastic complex embodied a small hermitage – Horodiste and a small temple spaded in rock stone celebrating the Annunciation festival. In 1776, monk Vortolomeu Crungul along with other monks came from Russia and settled the complex. They repaired the temple and its cells. In 1863, at the times of abbot Serafim another temple for winter orations and a series of cells were built. It celebrates Holy Virgin Mother ...
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Tipova Monastery

The Tipova Monastery

Situated near the locality with the same name, Tipova Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the Republic of Moldova. The monastery is spaded in stone on the bunch of Nistru River. The monastic complex portrays an image of an impressive museum.  The monastery comprises three monastic complexes. First complex comprises temple with Holy Cross festival and some cells; it is situated at a great distance and it is hardly accessible. The foundation of the complex dates from XI – XV centuries. The second monastic complex includes St Nicholas temple, it was spaded in rock stone in XIV – XV centuries ...
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Curchi Monastery

The Curchi Monastery

Curchi Monastery is one of the most important architectural monuments of Bessarabia, and it is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and famous monasteries of the region. It is located in Orhei forest near Curchi village, approximately 14 km southwest of the town of Orhei. The monastery is situated in the Vatici valley on a bank of the Vatic River, between rich hills covered with forests, gardens and orchards. The monastery is a real gem, offering silence and peace. The monastery has a rich religious and cultural past spanning more than two centuries. It was founded in ...
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Rudi Monastery

The Rudi Monastery

The monastery is located in the middle of the picturesque Rudi-Arionesti, not far from the Dniester – 15 km away from the town of Otaci. In the monastic complex, all the monastery buildings form an enchanting ensemble, the center of which is the Trinity Church, which was built in 1777, according to the old traditions of the Moldavian architecture. The Rudi Monastery – sometimes called the Rughi Monastery – is set on a river that crosses through the middle of the forest that stretches over a large landmark. Rudi Monastery is the place where simplicity, goodness and faith coexist. The ...
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Capriana Monastery

The Capriana Monastery

C?priana Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the Republic of Moldova. It is situated in the central part of the country, about 40 km northwest of Chisinau, in the hilly forested area once bearing the name of Codrii Lapusnei. Considered by many historians, the last bastion of the Moldavian voivodic architecture. The beginnings of Capriana Monastery are drawn from the remote times, from the time of the assertion of the medieval Moldavian state and the triumph of the Christian faith on our lands. The Age of Capriana Monastery impressed many scholars, historians, architects and simple people alike. That’s ...
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The Hincu Monastery

The Hincu Monastery was raised up  in 1678 on a nuns’ hermitage. Mihail Hincu built it in honor of one of his daughters who accepted monasticism under the name of Parascheva. The hermitage had the name of Viadica until the 17th century. Hincu was the first monastic settlement of Basarabia where the community life was introduced approximately in 1820-1822. At the end of the 19th century the monastery was known under the name of Hincul-Parascheva. The lands, the fortune and the buildings of the monastery were nationalized in 1944, but in 1965 the monastery had been closed and the monks ...
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The Harjauca Monastery

It is located on coast of a small river with the same name, at the lap of a hill with century oaks, near Calarasi region. Hirjauca Monastery is one of four “Calaras Cross” monasteries, along with Frumoasa, Hirbovets and Raciula. The monasteries are situated so that the shape of a cross is formed. The architecture of the monastery is very interesting and original, to the gate goes an alley of pyramidal poplars and the monastery is arranged in the form of horseshoe. According to researcher P. Crusevan, the monastery was funded in 1740. In 1917, during the revolution, Russian soldiers ...
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The Noul Neamt Monastery

The Noul Neamt Monastery

The Noul Neamt Monastery is situated in Bessarabia, in Chitcani village, on the right shore of Nistru River. It is located  at 14 km from the town of Tighina (Bender) and 6 km from the town of Tiraspol. There are four churches on the territory of the monastery. The Ascension Cathedral is situated in the center. On its left there is the old church built in honor of Saint Hierarch Nicholas the Wonder-Worker. Opposite there is a refectory church of the Ascension of the Holy Cross. The Dormition church of Noul Neamt monastery is a congruous part with its five ...
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