Horezu Monastery

Horezu Monastery
Mănăstirea Horezu

Church of the Horezu Monastery
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Basic information
Location Romanii de Sus, Vâlcea County, Romania
Geographic coordinates 45°10′10.16″N 24°0′24.26″E / 45.1694889°N 24.0067389°E / 45.1694889; 24.0067389Coordinates: 45°10′10.16″N 24°0′24.26″E / 45.1694889°N 24.0067389°E / 45.1694889; 24.0067389
Affiliation Eastern Orthodox
Year consecrated 1693
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Nunnery
Status Active
Patron Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen
Website Official website
Architectural description
Architectural style Brâncovenesc
Founder Constantin Brâncoveanu
Groundbreaking 1693
Completed 1697
Length 32 m
Height (max) 14 m
Official name: Horezu Monastery
Type Cultural
Criteria ii
Designated 1993 (17th session)
Reference no. 597
Region Europe and North America

The Horezu Monastery or Hurezi Monastery was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu in the town of Horezu, Wallachia, Romania. It is considered to be a masterpiece of "Brâncovenesc style", known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorative works.

The Brâncovenesc style, which can be found at several other churches and monasteries in Wallachia, is the only true and original Romanian style and is called "Brancoveanu art" by the name of the ruler who, in a period of constant battles between the world powers of that time, put cultural development of the country above everything and made it the goal of his life.

The monastery has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites.


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