Madona Dudu Cathedral
Madona Dudu Cathedral is one of the biggest Orthodox churches in Craiova, famous for the miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary which it hosts. Many tourists and pilgrims cross its threshold every day to participate in the religious services or to pray to the miraculous icon.
St. Dumitru Metropolitan Cathedral
St. Dumitru Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the oldest and most important churches in Craiova. Saint Dumitru, Craiova’s patron saint, celebrated every year on October 26th, also appears on the city’s coat of arms.
The Black Church
The Black Church is the most important sight in Braşov and the largest Gothic – style church in Transylvania, with a capacity of approximately 5000 people. It is also the biggest hall church east of Vienna and one of the largest medieval churches between St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
The Evangelical Church
The Evangelical Church in Sibiu is a 14th century large basilica, built on the site of an older 12th century church, a cemetery, three chapels and a school. It is considered to be the oldest Transylvanian building in the late Gothic architectural style.
Brâncoveanu Monastery in Sâmbăta de Sus, founded by Constantin Brâncoveanu, is one of the most picturesque monasteries in Transylvania, being sheltered by the high cliffs of the Făgăraş Mountains.
Cozia Monastery, built between 1387 and 1388 on the banks of the Olt River, is the earliest example of Byzantine architecture in the region. It is one of the most beautiful edifices erected by Vlad the Impaler’s grandfather, the Wallachian ruler Mircea the Elder (Mircea cel Batran).
When you stroll through the cobblestone streets of Bucharest’s old centre, you reach a small but incredibly beautiful church dating from the time of Constantin Brâncoveanu and perfectly representing the architectural style and decorations imposed by the Wallachian ruler. This is the Stavropoleos Church, a religious, cultural, artistic and architectural jewel of Romania’s capital.
The Metropolitan Cathedral in Timișoara
The Metropolitan Cathedral in Timișoara, dedicated to the Three Hierarchs, is the most important religious edifice in Banat. This architectural and religious symbol of the city stands at the opposite end of the Victory Square from the Romanian National Opera.
The Church of the Three Hierarchs
The Church of the Three Hierarchs in Iaşi is a valuable and unique architectural monument in Romania, a marvellous combination of Moldavian and Wallachian architecture.
The Metropolitan Cathedral in Iași
The Metropolitan Cathedral in Iași is the headquarters of the Mitropoly of Moldavia and Bucovina, one of the six Orthodox metropolitan cathedrals in Romania and the biggest Orthodox church in the country.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Michael
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Michael is a symbol of Cluj-Napoca and one of the most representative monuments of the Gothic architecture in Transylvania, similar to the Black Church in Brașov. It impresses through its dimensions, being 70m long and 80m high.
Cluj Napoca Orthodox Cathedral
The huge Orthodox Cathedral in Cluj-Napoca, also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral, was built between 1923 and 1933, in order to celebrate the Union of Transylvania with Romania from 1918. Dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos, the church became a cathedral in 1973 and, starting 2006, it is the metropolitan cathedral of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures.
Agapia Monastery, situated at the foothills of the Stănișoara Mountains, at an altitude of 480 m, is one of the most visited places of worship in Moldavia. Since 1803, it serves as a monastery of nuns.
Caşin Monastery, dedicated to St Archangels Michael and Gabriel, is one of the largest Orthodox churches in Bucharest. The church, which combines the Brâncovenesc style (with columns at the entrance) with the Neo-Byzantin one (mosaics decorations, tall and spacious architecture), took its name from a nearby street, which was named after a village in Moldavia, near Bacău, called Mânăstirea Cașin.
Curtea de Argeş Monastery
Curtea de Argeş Monastery is one of the most famous architectural monuments in Wallachia. Erected by Prince Neagoe Basarab between 1514 and 1517, it is Romania’s most valuable church art and architecture building.
Dragomirna Monastery is the most imposing fortified monastery of Moldavia and one of the most important accomplishments of Moldavian architecture. The Dragomirna complex was founded in 1609 and includes the church, cemetery chapel, cells, abbot’s house and other buildings now housing a museum.
Horezu (Hurezi) Monastery, historical UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an impressive complex of medieval Romanian architecture. Erected between 1690 and 1694 by the Wallachian prince Constantin Brâncoveanu, it is the largest and the most beautiful monastery built in the Brâncovenesc style, a monument of art and architecture.
Luca Arbore was the gatekeeper of Suceava, one of the greatest boyars of Stephen the Great and counselor of Bogdan III. Of his old boyar court, only the church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, built in 1502 as the family necropolis, still survives.
Neamț Monastery, founded in the 14th century by Prince Petru Mușat I, was erected over an old wooden church. It was later rebuilt by Alexandru cel Bun, when the bell tower at the entrance, the cells and the walls with defensive towers were added.
Pătrăuți Monastery, founded by Stephen the Great in 1487, records the oldest presence of the Moldavian authentic style in architecture. It also holds other records, such as being the oldest monastery founded by Stephen the Great still preserved, the church with the oldest interior and exterior painting, as well as the oldest Orthodox church in Romania to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Probota Monastery, founded in 1530 by the Moldavian ruler Petru Rareș, is one of the finest and most important achievements of 16th century Moldavian feudal art and architecture. Petru Rareș’ first church was erected on the spot of an older wooden church, dating from 1398, and a stone one from 1440.
Putna Monastery is an old centre of the arts and learning, one of the most important nuclei of Romanian monasticism. In its symbolism and significance, it is a major centre of eastern Orthodoxy. Founded in 1466-1469 by Stephen the Great as his necropolis, the church has suffered, over the years, radical transformations that changed its initial aspect.
Snagov Monastery is an important feudal religious and historical edifice, built in 1408 on an island situated in the centre of Lake Snagov, near Bucharest. Built by Mircea the Elder, the monastery was said to have been the burial place of Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Ţepeş), also known as Dracula.
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church, an important centre of spiritual union of the Romanians and a cradle of national culture and education, is considered to be the first Orthodox Church in Transylvania. Built over a wooden cross dating from 1292, this medieval church was first mentioned in 1399 in a Papal Bull emitted by the Pope Boniface IX, which attested the existence of an Orthodox church here.
Situated in a wonderful natural frame, Văratec Monastery is, without a doubt, one of the best known and visited monasteries in Moldavia. Among the builders of this edifice we do not hear of any ruler or prince of Moldavia, as the tradition speaks about a certain Nun Olimpiada, under whose control starts in 1781 the erection of the first church in Văratec.
The painted monasteries of Bucovina
The painted monasteries of Bucovina, included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, are rightfully considered art masterpieces and architectural landmarks for the Romanian culture.
The Orthodox Cathedral in Alba Iulia
The Orthodox Cathedral in Alba Iulia is a historical monument of national importance, being a symbol of the country’s reunification in 1918. This imposing church was built between 1921 and 1922 for the coronation of King Ferdinand and Queen Maria on October 15th 1922 and is also known as the Coronation Cathedral or the Reunification Cathedral.
The Saxon fortified churches of Transylvania
The Saxon fortified churches of Transylvania are religious and military assemblies, exquisite architectural masterpieces built in Gothic style. They are situated in the central and southern parts of Transylvania, especially in the surroundings of Sibiu and Sighișoara.
Moldovița Monastery is a famous monastery built by Petru Rareș in 1532 in the immediate vicinity of an older church from 1410 which was destroyed by landslides. From an architectural point of view, it presents a special style, with Gothic windows and Renaissance interior doors.
Sucevița Monastery is the most strongly fortified monastery complex in the whole of Moldavia, situated in a particularly picturesque setting. It is the last built and biggest monastery in Bucovina, very well preserved. It was founded by the Movilă brothers in 1581 – 1601: Gheorghe, who became Metropolitan of Suceava, Ieremia and Simion, who later became rulers of Moldavia.
The Roman-Catholic Dome in Timișoara
The Roman-Catholic Dome in Timișoara, dedicated to St. George, is the cathedral of the Roman-Catholic Episcopacy in the region. It was built in brick between 1736 and 1774 in Viennese Baroque style and is adorned with stone and stucco ornaments.
The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Timisoara
A melting pot of religions, Timișoara boasts with a great number of churches, cathedrals, domes and synagogues. Among them, a special presence is the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral situated in the Union Square, dedicated to the Ascension of Jesus.
Tismana Monastery is the first religious settlement in Wallachia and one of the oldest churches in the country. It was founded in 1375 by St. Nicodim, with the help of Radu Negru Vodă, the ruler and alleged founder of Wallachia.
Voroneț Monastery is considered to be the “Sistine Chapel of the East”. The small church, impressive for the beauty of its exterior and interior frescoes, was founded by Stephen the Great in 1488 on the place of an old wooden hermitage built there by Daniil the Hermit.
The Wooden Churches of Maramureş
The Wooden Churches of Maramureş are a group of Orthodox churches, eight of which were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Built in different periods, but maintaining an architectural unity, the Maramureş churches are timber constructions with tall steeples, shingled roofs and large porches.