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Agapia Monastery, Neamt County

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  • As almost all Moldavian monasteries, Agapia transmit idea of peacefull divinity. Full of flowers and tidy yards complete the religious message.  more »
  • This us a nuns only monastery. The internal courtyard reminded me of the Rila monastery in Bulgaria. There us a store just by the gate where you can buy very tasty bread (we found Bulgarian bread not ...  more »
  • Worth the time specially for the paintings made by the biggest romanian painter. Must ser the monastery museum also!  more »
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  • The place gives you that close to God feeling. The nuns keep it clean and beatiful and peaceful. The entrance was 4 lei for person and we got to see the chuch painted by Nicolae Grigorescu, the museum with historical and religious things and paintings including original paintings of Nicolae Grigorescu. You can also find there the Memorial House of Alexandru Vlahuta. The place is a piece of heaven.
  • Nunnery Agapia (New Agapia or Agapia in Valley) is an Orthodox monastery of nuns located 12 km from Targu Neamt. It is the only Orthodox monastic settlement in Romania called "Christian love" (from the Greek "agapis"), named after Agape hermit, the founder of monasticism in this area in the 14th century. The early 17th century a number of monks came down here from the old convent in the mountain and they built a small church, then in the years 1642-1644 they amounted Agapia (New, Valley) Monastery. Agapia was originally inhabited by monks, but in 1803 it becomes community of nuns. Over time, Agapia Monastery suffered numerous robberies, destruction and fire, but was rebuilt each time. The bigest destruction was in 1821 due to fighting between Ottomans and Filiki Eteria, refugee here. In the years 1858-1862 the monastery undergoes several changes and also the inside of church was painted by Nicolae Grigorescu, the greatest Roumain painter. The painting is done in the neoclassical style with innovative elements, sometimes using live models, which explains the vivacity of the faces. Icon of the Mother of God is a miracle-working icon is much loved by the faithful who visit the monastery. At the same time, Grigorescu established in Agapia the painting workshop. Nowadays the nuns abandoned the realistic style of the great painter, creating paintings with Byzantine influences. The museum holds an impressive collection of medieval art and religious. The monastery has a library with ancient books and manuscripts. In Agapia live about 340 nuns, 100 in the monastery's congregation and others in the monastic village. Around the monastery are 140 old houses with 100-200 years age, historical monuments. Up the valley can be reached through the woods Sihla Monastery (with the cave where she lived for almost 40 years Saint Theodora) and then the Sihastria (Hermitage) Monastery (pilgrimage to the tombs of Paisie Cleopa and Ilie Olaru).
  • Located in the middle of a forest,Agapia monastery is a priceless treasure of art mainly due to the frescos painted by Nicolae Grigorescu more than 200 years ago.It is also called "the monastery hiden from the world" because of the beautiful mountains and secular trees that surround it. Amazing landscape, amazing atmosphere.
  • In 2008 it was a pleasure to visit, to pray, to get close to God, have changed religious girls and in 2015 was visited fee of 10 adult Lions. The fee that you never even allowed access to the Museum. The crying of laughter.
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  • A beautiful Monastery complex-white buildings are sinking in flowers, Romanian zdobiennictwo and pierced wood-carving details bring to mind the interweaving of European cultures and the Middle East. You might want to try sweet delicacies, sold by the nuns.
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