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The churches of Bucharest

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The churches of Bucharest

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Corridor: Eastern Trans-Balkan Road
Country: Romania, Bucharest
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Modern Times, Middle Ages
World Heritage:
Modern TimesMiddle AgesChristian religious centre

In the historic town of Bucharest some of the most beautiful examples of Romanian church architecture are situated.
The church of Curtea Veche is among the oldest churches to be preserved in Bucharest. Erected mid 16th century, the church was until late 18th century the chapel of the Prince’s Court. The particularity of the wall facing – a mixture of visible brick layers and plastered brickwork, the arcaded upper third of the wallk and the saw-like brick cornice made of the church of Old Court a model for churches in the 16th century.
The Church of the Holy Virgin is important due to its architectural and historic value, being one of the most remarkable princely monuments found in Bucharest, representing a landmark of architectural style in the second part of the 17th century. The architectural value of the church is enhanced by the artistic component of the painting, work of the painters Constantinos and Ioan. Constantinos, a Greek painter naturalized in Wallachia, is a very known name, linked with the Hurezi painting school. Together with the valuable frescos, the Biserica Doamnei still maintains several pieces dating from the brilliant period of the Cantacuzine art, such as part of its furniture, the dedication icon from the iconostasis, made by Constantinos, and the embroidered epitaphios containing the image of the Prince’s family, a masterpiece of Romanian medieval embroidery from the 17th century.

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