Cetatuia Monastery, Iasi

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The Cetățuia Monastery is a Romanian Orthodox monastery located in Iaşi, Romania. The monastery is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments.HistoryLocated on the top of Cetăţuia Hill of the old Moldavian capital, the monastery was built by Prince Gheorghe Duca in the 17th century.The monastery is surrounded by fortifications with towers on the corners, and it provided refuge during enemy siege or full-scale invasions. The name itself Cetăţuia means citadel or fortress in Romanian.The uniqueness of Cetățuia Monastery consists in the fact that the entire ensemble of monastic architecture has been preserved.A special place is the palace destined to the lodging of the prince, a fortified building characteristic to the 17th century and the kitchen or, according to other opinions, the Turkish bath which is the only construction of this kind that has been preserved within a monastic ensemble.In addition there is also a gothic hall, a museum of medieval art, a tower called “Pilgrim’s Dinner” from where one can admire the panorama of Iași and its famous wine cellars with wine obtained from its own vineyard.
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  • I have visited before but this time spent more time in the actual church attached to the Monastery. Very old and although in need of restoration it has some very fine features.  more »
  • Even though we are of a different religion, I brought my nephews and niece over here to visit the place. A lot of history and very peacefull  more »
  • The Cetatuia Monastery stands on a hill in front of the old town of Iasi. It can be reached on foot from the center with a pleasant walk (especially in the last stretch) of an hour abundant. I recommend to have a detailed map of the city to find immediately the road that goes up to the monastery without getting lost in this suburb. The monastery, like all the Orthodox ones, has an entrance gate which leads to the courtyard, all surrounded by buildings, among which there are the monks ' houses. The church is in the centre. On entering, there are frescoes ruined by modern graffiti in the lower part; Probably in a recent past the building was left a little to itself. The church resembles the exterior structure of the three hierarchs in the centre of Iasi, although the exterior walls are not lace-up. The monastery was founded by Prince Gheorghe Duke and his wife in 1669 and served as a refuge in wartime,
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  • Nice little Monastery on top of a hill. Recomand the place behind it also for great panoramic view of the city
  • A spiritual place where one can enjoy a moment of peace and quiet. The Monastry has a lovely Winery and the priests can share some information about the history and daily life of the monks. Located on the outskirts of the city, a taxi ride there costs about 25 lei (5 euro).
  • Beautiful Monastery and former Princiary Court of Moldavian Princes in 17th century
  • Near Iasi but place is very clean and pretty. Nice Monastery and a lot of flowers! Place is must to see.
  • Great visiting.
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