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Plataresti Monastery II

By gss  
Plătăreşti Monastery I: the church St. Mercurius, bult in 1645 by Matei Basarab, ruler of Wallachia ( 1632-54), 40 km south east from Bucharest, not very far from Danube ( about 25-30 km).
Was built near the river Dāmboviţa, the same river that crossing Bucharest, about 40 km north west. Due to its position, very close to the Danube, suffered a lot from the many Turkish military expeditions. From the origin, only the church was kept. The monastery was burnt by Tatars īn the XVII century, was rebuilt, was destroyed during the wars between Turks, Russians and Austrians during the hole XVIII th century, had serious damages from the long series of huge earthquakes (1792-1802-1829-1838 / 1898-1902-1908 / 1940 / 1977). Phanariots (Greeks) rulers (from all the XVIII th century) worshiped monastery to the St Sepulchre in Jerusalem, despoiled her wealth and riches, becoming a ruin. During Tudor Vladimirescu uprising in 1821, Ottoman reaction led to a further destruction of buildings. During 1836-1924 (with some intermittent) was a jail for women. In 1915 became an historic monument. During the first world war was partially destroyed by the Bulgarian army. Romanian Orthodox Church obtained the building in court in 1924, was restored the monastery, but briefly. The communist opened here a new jail, and between 1956 and 1996 in the former monastery was established a hospital for violent mentally ills. Between 1985-2000 was a parish church, then a nun monastery, a monk one, and from 2009, again, a nun monastery. Restoration started in 1985 ( the church), and after 1996 almost all of the buildings. The abbey has the most curious proprietary status: the cellars (original from 1645) belong to psychiatric hospital (a new building was built nearby in 1996) and the floor belongs to the monastery. Hospital belongs to Ilfov county (located about 20 km away) and the monastery belongs naturally, to Călăraşi county, within which lies (as from the last territorial redivision of the 80s). Thus: the basement belongs to one county and the floor to another county! I think it is a unique case in the world, worthy of the Guinness Book!
Picture above: the main facade (western, with the porch and entrance)
Today was the Healing Spring, a Christian celebration, when water sanctifies the second time as the Epiphany, only an Orthodox celebration, as I know.

Tags: Church Architecture Romania Restoration Orthodox Wallachia Plataresti

Voters: estonian, ColleenA, RobertTurley and 12 more

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ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
25 Apr 2014 3:17PM
1645.... That's a lot of history...and what a bizarre story ....great information yet again Silviu
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2014 6:32PM
I love all the intricate work, an interesting narrative ,

25 Apr 2014 7:18PM
An image which has significant historical context. Perfectly presented.

25 Apr 2014 7:26PM
Another beautiful building with a very chequered history! Thanks for sharing!
25 Apr 2014 8:10PM
Thank you for spending so much time telling the history of this beautiful monastery, Silviu!

Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
25 Apr 2014 8:24PM

Quote:1645.... That's a lot of history...and what a bizarre story ....great information yet again Silviu
--- I agree with Colleen ! --- Jukka.
25 Apr 2014 11:21PM
What a lovely building Silviu and such a great write up as per normal. Cathy

Hope you got my message about the spire - it is the American Church in Paris
Bantu 8 7 1 India
26 Apr 2014 7:42AM
Your country is blessed with so much heritage.lovely.

mistere Plus
8 10 4 England
26 Apr 2014 7:52AM
Amazing history and a wonderful building Silviu. Thank you for this and all your contributions.
Excellent work.

Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
26 Apr 2014 12:11PM
Such an odd arrangement to have the basement and the floor belong to different countries....I hope they get along wellSmile

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