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Densus Church, Densus

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  • Although it is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the origin of the church is enveloped by mystery. It seems to date back to the pre-Christian era, being the only place in Romania where religious services h...  more »
  • A very old church. It's small and made of stone in the III-rd century. Not in the best state but definitely worth seeing. Easily accessible.  more »
  • Old church with square top. Close to Hateg. It was unattended and closed, could not see the interior.  more »
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  • Very nice architecture. An old church which is worth a visit.
  • St. Nicholas Church in the village of Densus, located about 10 km from Hateg town, is one of the strangest Orthodox churches in Romania. It is built in a Romanesque style, but incorporates Dacian, Gothic and Orthodox elements . The origin and age of construction are very controversial topics. Among the hypotheses are: pagan temple predacic, Dacian Temple worshiped to the god Zamolxe, Roman temple dedicated to the god Mars, later Christianized (Paleo-Christian church, first from Dacia) or all of these in turn. The most circulated hypothesis assumes that the church had been built in the thirteenth century as the core having a Roman building, probably a monument erected in honor of General Longinus Maximus, governor of Roman Dacia. It is the only church in the village and compete for the title of oldest active church in Romania. The monument originally had a square shape, this being now the nave. It was added to the east (actually more to the south, certifying non-Christian origin) semicircular apse of the altar, complete with a diaconicon. Subsequently were added the "southern" gallery and the narthex to the "west", both being now ruined and roofless. Inside the nave there are four pillars, each made up of two Roman altars stacked. Noteworthy the roof made entirely of stone slabs stacked and decorated with statues of two lions. For the construction of the church are used more constructive and decorative marble elements (columns, statues, capitals, tombstones, sewerage pipes) taken from the ruins of Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, the capital of Roman Dacia, located only 10 km. Interior painting dates from 1443 and is the work of a team led by Maestro Stephen, with obvious influences with contemporary paintings of Romanian Country. Between 1566-1720 it served as Reformed-Calvin church, Calvin and painting was covered with thick layers of lime. Afterwards it became Greek Catholic church, and in 1872 he returned (with short interruptions in the late nineteenth century) to Orthodox congregation. Wooden iconostasis was painted in the late eighteenth.
  • By far my favourite church in Romania.
  • Great old church, you can see a lot of history in a small place
  • a very old and intersting place, looks more like a Temple

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