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By gss  
The title is an approximative translation from the Old Slavonic language of the "official" name of this monastery: Dragomirna. "Mir" signifies also "peace" so another translation could be the "peace beloved".
It is one of the most unusual monastery in Romania. Here we have all the extremes: the smaller church and the biggest one. [the smaller church, and the older is located outside the enclosure, in the cemetery of the monastery]. The big church is situated in the middle of a genuine fortress, built around the church in 1626-27. The church was built 4 years after the small one, in 1606 by the Metropolitan Bishop, scholar and man of culture, Atanasie Crimca. It has unique proportions in Byzantine and Romanian old architecture. Extremely svelte, has an unusual length and height comparative to the width. Has also so thick walls as the apses are hidden outside in the walls width - apses are visible only from interior. From outside the steeple seems pretty short comparative to the whole volume but from the interior space it is exactly the contrary. This illusion is given by the fact that vaults have their maximum height much lower than the exterior cornice.
The monastery was several times burnt by Tatars and Cossacks. That's why, the ruler Miron
Barnovschi built between 1622-27 a genuine fortress as a monastery, with big towers, and other protective devices. Has followed 2 huge restoration works - in 1959-1965 and between 2007-2013. Fort the last ones, received in Viena in 2015 the first award for the best restoration project in the EU.
The video is showing the monastery from air and this link is showing a drawing with the complete perspective
My slide scanned represents almost an orthogonal view of the southern facade, viewed from the bell tower

Tags: Church Architecture Monastery Romania Orthodox Bukovina Dragomirna

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gss 6 1 Romania
10 Feb 2016 12:12PM
Glad to have finally retrieved my free user profile. It took a little long to get back. I prefer it as it is more simple and more functional.
The church is slightly cropped on the left due the projection problem of the scanner that I have written yesterday [original slide is approx. 15 % larger on each side]
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
10 Feb 2016 12:19PM
A very interesting shape and structure and the entrance through the tower is great. Nicely presented again, my friend. Thanks for the video!
Bantu 7 7 1 India
10 Feb 2016 12:27PM
A great capture with very good explanation.

10 Feb 2016 1:33PM
Great and very interesting
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
10 Feb 2016 2:15PM
A beautiful monastery, Silviu,
10 Feb 2016 2:39PM
Thank you for sharing the video Silviu. The photo, though interesting, doesn't do justice to the beauty of this monastary. An interesting piece of history in your description.
jocas 5 6 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2016 2:53PM
a beautiful monastery with an interesting though somewhat persecuted history. enjoyed the video too.
10 Feb 2016 3:10PM
Hi Silviu very interesting story. Thanks for sharing
Did watch the drone flight above the monastery, very nice.
10 Feb 2016 5:37PM
A great image of a beautiful monastery, Silviu.
Thank you for sharing the fantastic video too. GrinGrin

10 Feb 2016 8:10PM
A beautiful monastery nicely presented, Silviu. Great info as well and thank you for the video.
10 Feb 2016 8:31PM
What a lovely building Sikviu and love the video. So interesting. Cathy
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2016 8:44PM
A beautiful building Silviu
JawDborn 8 1.3k 1 England
10 Feb 2016 9:12PM
Lovely old building. I enjoyed the interesting description: thank you.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2016 11:54AM
Great work!
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
11 Feb 2016 11:42PM
The background story is amazing and sooo interesting. Fine detailed images as well. TG

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