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Bucharest’s Hidden Gems – St Nicolae Vladica Church

February 17, 2020

St Nicolae Vladica “Din Prund” (1902-1904), one of Bucharest’s large and imposing churches. You can find it following the tram lines from Piata Unirii down on Strada 11 Iunie, to the first crossroads where the tram lines separate. I like the small piazzetta in front of it and the way it dominates its surroundings, in a serene manner -I couldn’t imagine the area without it’s familiar and calm presence (and I couldn’t imagine Bucharest without its churches).

No modern multi-story constructions around yet, just the old run-down district with the characteristic mix of late 19th century houses, Neo-Romanian villas and Art Deco buildings in disrepair…

The church looks beautiful inside and outside following extensive restoration works in recent years. The style is a characteristic Neo-Byzantine at the exterior, and eclectic inside (it’s worth seeing it, I like the colorful Art Nouveau style floral frames of the murals).

The church is located right behind the Mitropoly Hill and Bucharestians can recognize in the background the dome of the former Palace of the Chamber of Deputies and the Patriarchal Palace -residence of the Patriarch of Romania (the corner tower building). (Pictures taken yesterday, Feb 16th 2020)

(Cris)

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One of the best ways to discover Bucharest’s history and culture is through its churches. Contact me to arrange a private tour of the most beautiful churches in Bucharest.

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