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Paraclisul Sf Gheorghe

By gss  
The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchy in Bucharest, view of the St George Patriarchal Chapel from the Patriarchy Palace columns.
The small chapel - in Romanian is called Paraclis, the same word meaning also an Orthodox liturgy dedicated to a Saint or to the Virgin, word coming from Greek = para ekklesia = near the church - is specific for the XVIII century, knew here as the Phanariote Century, as the local rulers were designated by the Sublime Ottoman Porte from the nobles Greeks from Phanar neighborhood in Constantinople (today Istanbul).
This small, but slender church (chapel) was first built at the same time as the main church, in the second half of the XVII century, but was completely rebuilt by Nicolae Mavrocordat ( Nicholas Mavrocordatos ) in 1723. Has one of the most fabulous iconostasis in Romania, built in rich decorated carved woodwork, completely gilded. An image can be seen here, scrolling down to the seventh picture. It isn't able to be visited as is the private chapel of the Patriarch. Was completely restored between 2000-2011.
All Episcopal churches have the statute of a monastery or an hermitage. This chapel deserve a small nuns hermitage.
In general Paraclis chapels are not in the middle of the enclosures as the main churches but inside the enclosures, in one of their corners. As they are more protected from cold winters, they are generally used and known as "winter churches".
Sorry for my absence these days but was terrible busy. So, even late, I want to wish all a nice Easter, for those who had yet celebrated it. These year Orthodox Easter came later than western churches with one week, so for me I am still in the Passion Week, will celebrate Easter this Sunday (April 12)
A movie about this chapel can be seen here

Tags: Architecture Romania Chapel Orthodox Bucharest Patriarchy

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ColleenA Plus
8 464 7 Australia
9 Apr 2015 11:26PM
A great Pov and composition Silviu...and a nice presentation...excellent info as usual
Bantu 7 7 1 India
10 Apr 2015 4:40AM
Silvieu,lovely capture with history explained.

jocas 5 6 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2015 8:21AM
Two lovely , well composed architectural images,works well in color and b/w . very nice framing.
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
10 Apr 2015 4:29PM
What a lovely presentation. I think I prefer the lighter v2, but they are both very well done.
As always, an educational write up, so interesting.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2015 5:39PM
Two interesting images & its V2 for me.
Happy Easter; we had wonderful weather until today!
10 Apr 2015 9:50PM
Lovely shots Silviu. Happy Easter. Cathy
10 Apr 2015 10:29PM
Two great images, Silviu with an interesting narrative. v2 is my fave.
Happy Easter.
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2015 7:56AM
Two excellent versions Silviu, for me the the coloured one is favourite.

mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
12 Apr 2015 3:30PM
Super presentation and info Silviu. Great work as always.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2015 2:58AM
Nice angle and presentation here Silviu! Grin
Two beautiful images with lovely light and wonderful colours, brilliant photography, SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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