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Antim Monastery (1715)

Antim Monastery is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Bucharest, considered a masterpiece of the late medieval art in Wallachia (a style known as ‘Brancovenesc’).

The monastery bears the name of its founder. Antim was an outstanding personality: polyglot, talented craftsman, printer and book editor, bishop and later Metropolitan of Wallachia. Of Georgian origin, he had an adventurous life, being taken into captivity by the Turks in his early years. In Constantinople he had the chance to learn a number of languages and various crafts before Prince Constantin Brancoveanu brought him to Wallachia where he developed a remarkable activity printing liturgical books and eventually became the head of the Orthodox Church.

Shortly before being killed because of his outspoken position against the Turks, he founded of his own fortune one of the most important monasteries in Bucharest. The iconostasis sculpted in stone -unique in Romanian art-  as well as the richly adorned portal are attributed to Antim himself.


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