The Mysterious Monastery of Barnova

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The Monastery of Barnova is no doubt one of the most beautiful in Moldavia (Eastern Romania), a region well-known for its religious affinity. While other parts of the country will charm you with their palaces, fortresses and castles, Moldova is by far the best option, alongside Bucovina, for those who’d like to discover old Orthodox churches and monasteries.

Barnova Monastery

What makes the Monastery of Barnova one of the most impressive from the many Moldavia has, is the original architectural style of its church and its mysterious look, conserved intact since the mid-17th century. Its remoteness and almost complete isolation rather give the impression of an abandoned fortress than of a monastery.

Barnova Monastery

The monastery has the name of its founder, the rich boyard Miron Barnovschi who during his time as Moldavia’s prince started the construction of this religious edifice, between 1626 and 1629. He died in 1633, decapitated by the Turks, and only two decades later the work was finalized by Eustachie Dabija who is buried inside the church. The fortification walls, the tower and the ramparts were later added by Prince Grigore II Ghica who also built in the court of the monastery a small house, a refuge in case of enemy attacks.

Barnova Monastery

The monastery of Barnova is one of the few fortified monasteries still conserved in Moldavia, a testimony of the unstable times and the crossroads geographical position of the Romanian provinces that were always exposed to Russian, Ottoman or Tatar attacks.

You can easily reach the monastery from Iasi, crossing the village Barnova, also named after its original owner Miron Barnovschi.

If you’d like to explore all the centuries old monasteries and churches around Iasi, contact us via www.uncover-romania-tours.com

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Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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