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Bucharest’s Churches (39) » Coltea Church (1699) downtown Bucharest

February 11, 2012

Coltea Church, Bucharest (1699)

In the heart of Bucharest, next to University Square and opposite the Sutu Palace, stands one of the most beautiful churches in Bucharest, Coltea Church, part of Coltea Settlements, one of the largest architectural ensembles of the early 18th century. Coltea Church was founded by the Sword Bearer Mihail Cantacuzino, a remarkable figure and a scholar of his time, a well-educated and widely traveled man, descendant of one of the wealthiest boyar families (belonging to nobility) of the time.
Coltea church is a representative and extraordinary monument of Brancovan art, remarkable for the mastery of decorative art that combines Byzantine, Oriental and Italian Baroque influences.

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