The Church of Stavropoleos: Religion in the Heart of Bucharest

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The tiny Stavropoleos Church is one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the capital of Romania. Tucked away between taller buildings in Bucharest´s Old Town, the church is almost three centuries old. It was built in 1724 as part of a larger inn, a current practice of the time.

Stavropoleos Church

The architecture of the church is one of the elements that make it so particular and memorable. It’s inspired by the ‘Brancovenesc’ style, a local and eclectic style developed during the reign of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714), a patron of several churches and monasteries in Southern Romania, including the Monastery of Horezu.

The church has splendid interior and exterior frescoes inspired from representative Biblical themes such as the Angelic Liturgy or the Second Coming and displays a rich collection of rare icons and iconoclastic objects. The nave of the church conserves the relics of various saints, including Saint Andrew the Apostle, Saint Peter the Apostle and Saint Basil the Great.


The monument was restored at the beginning of the 20th century by Ion Mincu, one of the best-known Romanian architects who reconstructed the monastery’s precinct and lapidarium.

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A winner of Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice, the lovely Stavropoleos Church is truly a must if you’d like to explore one of the oldest and most remarkable religious monuments in Bucharest.

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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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