Sinaia Monastery, Sinaia

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At Sinaia Monastery, see two gold-plated thrones bearing the royal emblem, carved wooden furniture, and frescoes from the 17th and 19th centuries. Mihail Cantacuzino, a Wallachian military leader, built the monastery upon his return from Mount Sinai in the last decade of the 17th century. The 19th-century church with the bell tower houses paintings depicting Queen Elisabeth with her daughter Mary. Notice the friezes adorning the walls of the old church and the painting of the founder with his 18 children on the back wall. A small history museum exhibits the first Romanian translation of Bible written in the Cyrillic alphabet. The 1920s prime minister Take Ionescu is buried here, and the stone interior walls of the mausoleum are carved with quotations from his speeches. To visit Sinaia Monastery and other attractions in Sinaia, use our Sinaia online tour itinerary planner .
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  • We visited both churches. The old one is unique, with paintings and an inside layout that I wasn't familiar with (a closed off section at the back, with three doors, where only the senior personnel ar...  more »
  • Hospitably open the gate, a small cathedral well built, quiet and peace. Church inside the beautifully painted, many svjatostej, a rich iconostasis.
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  • Worth a visit, nice with some nice frescoes, good architecture a bit of history to see, and next to the monastery Greek coffee, take a walk and then talk with the Kings owner and drink your coffee
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  • A few things struck me as very odd here: 1. Right at the doorstep, we were stopped by a 'guard' to pay an entry fee. The guy had a badge (which was just a few words printed on a white piece of paper without any logos), some tickets in his hand (which we never received after we paid, and later realised were just blank pieces of paper), and even his own booth just behind the main gate. However, he was only cherry-picking people to pay the 'fee'. Not all tourists were asked to pay, and the tickets, if genuine at all, really should have been provided. Obviously there isn't proper bookkeeping here either. This is pretty strange, and surely the monastery knows this and yet allows it to happen. 2. We arrived during some liturgy of sorts, and it was being carried out by a young man, who looked way too young. 3. Just outside the great church, we saw an older priest (or monk), holding a girl who looked no older than 10. While talking to some older worshippers, he was touching/rubbing her arms and face in a very inappropriate way. He later led her alone through the walkway towards the old church, and when I followed after, they had disappeared, possibly into one of the surrounding rooms. These events left me with an impression of the place that is very far from pleasant. It could be a lack of understanding of the customs, but surely I can't be the only one with some questions.
  • Beautiful. A must see for the history and the architecture. The people were friendly to. And right next to it is a beautiful path to peles castle.
  • A must see if you're in Sinaia. Beautiful from outside and inside. Very moving and special.
  • Sinai Monastery was founded by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695, and named it after Mount Sinai in Egypt, and was later named to the nearby village. Since 2005, the monastery was the seat of 13 monks who belongs to the Archdiocese of Bucharest. The monastery consists of two courtyards surrounded by low buildings. In the center of each courtyard is a church built in the Byzantine style. One of them, Biserica Veche (Old Church), dating from 1695, while the newer Biserica Mare (Great Church), built in 1846. In 1895 he opened the museum of the monastery, the first exhibition of religious artifacts in Romania. It contains a collection of icons and crosses from the 17th century, the first Bible in Romanian and many other valuable items. The museum is open every day except Monday, from April to October, from 10-16h, and in the winter only for groups over 20 people.
  • I recommend a short visit here, if you are already in the neighborhood.

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