The Old Court Princely Church (1554)
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The Old Court Church (1554) was part of the adjacent Princely Court, to which it was connected by a vaulted passage, and served for coronation ceremonies as well as worship place for Wallachian Princes for two hundred years. Fires and earthquakes, and invasions of Turks and Tatars struck many times the Princely Court and the surrounding area. Still The Old Court church survived, being considered the oldest one preserved in its original form in Bucharest.
The church is among the few remaining examples of the old Wallachian ecclesiastical architecture of Byzantine origin whose essential features, specific to the Balkan region, are small dimensions, three-apsed plan, tall and slender towers, simple exterior contrasting with the rich fresco decoration of the interior, stone carved window frames. The decoration of the façade is typically provided by white and red strips made of visible bricks alternating with plaster. It is remarkable the decorative effect full of refinement achieved through simple means such as the alternation of the colors and the arrangement of the bricks.