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Three Hierarchs Orthodox church and monastery , Iaşi, Iaşi County, Moldavia, Romania. 1637-39; old slide from 1970.

Could not see the moon eclipse at it was at 5.00 AM ( when I got my better dreams...) because here we are in the middle of an extended cycle of storms. and the sky is always covered.
So today, part two of this unique church. It became a Princely necropolis until 1859. Nearby, the founder, Vasile Lupu, built a construction, part of the monastery, called today the Gothic Hall, as he has a perfect Gothic stone structure, built in 1641 (probably one of the last such structures in Europe). Probably was the refectory, today it is the monastery museum.
Interior is almost new on the church (from 1882-1904 "restoration"), having destroyed completely the old frescoes (done by three famous Russian painters); new oil paintings in a Neo-Byzantine mode were done by some French painters.

King Charles I asked the great architect (and almost the "father" of modern restoration) Viollet-le-Duc to send in Romania a follower to restore the principal monuments in the Old Kingdom. Was sent Andrť Lecomte du NoŁy, a French very good architect but a catastrophic restorer. I can have some consideration for him as he acted in accord to Viollet-le-Duc principles: restoring - you have to bring the monument to its original form even by demolition and reconstruction (a new building!). So the original substance was lost. Andrť Lecomte du NoŁy, settled himself until his dead in Romania and did the most controversial restorations in Romania - the most important monuments ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 - in three cases, he substituted the old church by a completely new one, designed by him according vague to the original). When trying to restore the older church in Wallachia, Romanian architects and artists have protested vehemently, so, King Charles I led Romanian architect Grigore Cerkez to act a non-destructive restoration on the church St. Nicholas In Curtea de Argeş.
Here, in the Three Hierarchs church, only the outside "escaped" to the method; the inside frescoes were put down and a new oil painting and mosaics were done; even if beautiful, we are deploring the lost of the old frescoes, especially because no picture were have taken, so we do not have any idea how they looked.

Tags: Church Architecture Romania Restoration Orthodox Moldavia Iasi Old slide Trei ierarhi

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Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
28 Sep 2015 12:34PM
What a shame when the old treasures are lost to the ages. Sometimes restoration is not a good thing.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2015 1:37PM
Your Country has some beautiful "gems" that are really precious and it will a shame if all this gets lost... Relics of the past can't ever be replaced... IB
28 Sep 2015 1:56PM
prabhusinha 14 5 5 India
28 Sep 2015 6:37PM
Enjoying the series
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2015 7:12PM
keep them coming...really interesting
28 Sep 2015 8:21PM
Lovely Silviu. Cathy

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