Varatec Monastery, Neamt County

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  • Sometimes, you need to get rid off the modern tools of civilisation and to become introspective. Varatec monastery can help you to do that.  more »
  • If you have time you should visit it, but it's not very special comparing with other monasteries in the area.  more »
  • Garden is ok ...surroundings ok and quiet....but interior is under refurbishment....and also materials used for are not respecting old ones...they are changing a lot of materials with some too modern ...  more »
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  • If you love simple and natural life ,this is the right place for you. The nuns make the best bread and pastries in the area. Complimented with the best fir syrup in the house. A little piece of heaven,full of flowers and peace.
  • Varatec Nunnery is the largest Orthodox monastery of nuns in Romania, with a congregation of over 400 people. The history starts in 1785 when the monastery was founded by the nun Olimpiada with the Confessor Iosif Pustnicul (Joseph Hermit). It evolving rapidly, reaching hermitage after 1790, then in 1839, it is known as an independent monastery. The present church of stone and brick, dedicated to "Assumption", was built between 1808-1812. During the Revolution of 1821, the hermitage was besieged by Ottoman, treasures being stolen and the nuns expelled or killed. In place of the old wooden church from 1985 is the angel fountain with stone cross, a symbol of purity of monastic life. On the southern side of the monastery complex is the monastery museum with a valuable artistic and cultural-historical heritage. The museum, opened in 1960, occupies the old workshop "Queen Mary" founded in 1934 by King Carol (Charles) II. The nuns worked here ecclesiastical embroidery and painting, book binding, carpets, knitwear, woven and decorative art. Most of these activities continues today. Now, in the big church, public access is prohibited, the church being under renovation. The church's painting was made in 1841, it was restored in 1882 and then between 1968-1969. The gorgeous church iconostasis, was carved in 1816 in yew wood and gilded with gold. In the narthex was buried, without stone, Iosif Pustnicul (Joseph Hermit), founder and father confessor of the monastery, canonized in 2008. Monastery garden is rich in colors and its beauty is maintained with great care. During renovations, the services are in the chapel of St. Iosif Hermit, located on the northern side of the settlement. Holy Monastery Văratec is a place of pilgrimage of the faithful throughout Romania and beyond. Nearby are other famous monasteries and hermitages: Agapia, Old Agapia, Sihla, Sihastria, Secu, Neamt, Almas, Horaita, Horaicioara etc. Over time, in the Văratec Monastery lived many theologians and men of culture. Outside the enclosure, some houses in the village monastery are enchanting adorned with flowers. The poet Veronica Micle (1850-1889) withdrew to Văratec immediately after the burial of Mihai Eminescu.
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  • Nice and quiet place.
  • Now, the Church is under renovation. Church services are held in the open air. It's a great place.
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