Hurez Monestery


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  • A foundation of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, the construction of Hurez Monastery was finished in 1697. The church (1690-1693), dedicated to Saint Emperors Constantin and Elena is built on a trefoiled design, with a specific Brancoveanu style porch, decorated on the outside with rectangular panels, niches ornamented with circles, and a carved marble frame on the entrance door. The highly valuable painting represents religious scenes as well as several frescoes portraits of the Brancoveanu, Basarab and Cantacuzino families.
    The altar is sculpted in linden wood and gilded. The convent was repaired and restored in the 19 th and 20th centuries. On June 20, 1992, the Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church decided to canonize as martyr saints Constantin Brancoveanu and his four sons (Constantin, Stephen, Radu, and Matei) and his counselor Ianache, all killed in Istanbul on August 16th, 1714.

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