Sinaia Monastery – silence and collectedness in Bucegi Mountains

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Sinaia Monastery, also called the cathedral of Bucegi Mountains, was built at the end of the 17th century by boyar Mihail Cantacuzino, after his return from a trip to the Sinai Mountain.

When he returned home, Mihail Cantacuzino decided to build a monastery with the same name as the Sinai Mountain.

The monastery was built between 1690 and 1695, on the commercial route on the Prahova River Valley. In the 19th century, because of the great number of monks, a new monastery was built, called Curtea Noua (the New Court). This was the first electric lighted place of worship in Romania, according to romanianmonasteries.org.

The museum of Sinaia Monastery, built in 1895 on the occasion of the monastery’s bicentenary, is the first religious museum in the country and shelters invaluable worship objects, the first Bible translated in Romanian and printed at Bucharest (in 1688, with the good will of ruler Serban Cantacuzino) and a collection of icons.

The tomb of Tache Ionescu, Prime Minister during World War I, who also had an important role in the Great Union of 1918, is in the yard of the old monastery.

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