Agapia Monastery, Neamt County

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The Agapia Monastery is a Romanian Orthodox nunnery located 9 km west of Târgu Neamț, in the commune of Agapia, Neamţ County. It was built between 1641 and 1643 by Romanian hetman Gavriil Coci, brother of Vasile Lupu. The church, restored and modified several times during the centuries was painted by Nicolae Grigorescu, between 1858 and 1861. It is one of the largest nunneries in Romania, having 300–400 nuns and ranking second place in population after Văratec Monastery.
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  • In the monastery of the 17th century there are about 250 suoreche occupy a series of houses on quttro sides on two levels of Colonnade from looking like a village. It's like a garden there are many flowers of all colors treated flawlessly; the sisters also have a workshop where they paint beautiful icons and others where they prepare bread, Czech liquers. jams ect. or small artifacts of wool or cloth. Small but very nice Museum with works of artistic value. In the Center stands the small church with frescoes by the painter Grigorescu that impress western style and for the realism of the characters inspired by local residents, all in all a wonderful visit in pleasant and restful,
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  • Lets start with the beginning: 1. Tax for entrance 2. Tax for WC 3. Tax for breathing In the future they will introduce tax for looking at it from afar.  more »
  • Monastery not to be missed, that area is full of them, each with different features and different beauties. The Romania is the finest to be discovered.
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  • Beautiful monastery resembling a botanical garden. Very well maintained. Some paintings are made by Nicolae Grigorescu, a famous Romanian painter.
  • 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.
  • Very nice place. We climbed to the old monastery 2 Km to the mountain.
  • The most beautiful garden
  • 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).

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