Stavropoleos Monastery

The Stavropoleos Monastery from Bucharest was founded in 1724. Of the original monastery and inn buildings, only the church has been preserved. It represents one of the most outstanding examples of the Brancovan style in Romanian medieval art.
Viewed from the exterior, the church is elegantly and harmoniously proportioned, and has a wealth of stone carvings. The façade is decorated with medallions framed by vegetal decorative motifs, which stretch into arches whose form is reminiscent of oriental architecture. The new precincts, built after the plans of architect Ion Mincu at the beginning of the twentieth century, were to take up the same decorative system in the colonnade of the portico and in the buildings along the south and west sides, constructed in the neo-Romanian style of the time.
All the elements of the façade - sculpture, stucco-work and, in particular, the frescoes - masterfully complement and blend with each other, producing an original synthesis, echoed in other churches in the Romanian capital.
For Romanian and foreign visitors today, the history of the Stavropoleos Monastery and the other buildings which once stood here takes on a broader and more profound significance through examination of the epigraphic sources preserved on the east, south and west sides of the portico in the lapidarium. These testaments in stone reflect the history of the churches of Bucharest. They are documents loaded with significance as to the eventful life of this place.

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Subprogramme Area: Development of advanced compatible materials and techniques and their application for the protection, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage assets
Contract type: SP1-Cooperation. Collaborative project. Small or medium-scale focused research project. FP7-ENV-NMP.2011.3.2.1-1
Grant Agreement No. 283182
Duration: November 2011 - October 2014




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