Horezu monastery World Heritage Site

Monastery in Romania

Horezu Monastery
Mănăstirea Horezu
Horezu bis man SV.jpg
Church of the Horezu Monastery
Religion
AffiliationEastern Orthodox
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusNunnery
PatronHoly Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen
Year consecrated1693
StatusActive
Location
LocationRomanii de Sus, Vâlcea County, Romania
Horezu Monastery is located in Vâlcea County
Horezu Monastery
Location within Vâlcea County
Geographic coordinates45°10′10.16″N 24°0′24.26″E / 45.1694889°N 24.0067389°E / 45.1694889; 24.0067389Coordinates: 45°10′10.16″N 24°0′24.26″E / 45.1694889°N 24.0067389°E / 45.1694889; 24.0067389
Architecture
StyleBrâncovenesc
FounderConstantin Brâncoveanu
Groundbreaking1693
Completed1697
Specifications
Length32 m
Height (max)14 m
Website
Official website
CriteriaCultural: ii
Reference597
Inscription1993 (17th session)

The Horezu Monastery or Hurezi Monastery was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu in the town of Horezu, Wallachia, Romania. It is considered to be a masterpiece of "Brâncovenesc style", known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorative works.

The Brâncovenesc style, which can be found at several other churches and monasteries in Wallachia, is the only true and original Romanian style and is called "Brancoveanu art" by the name of the ruler who, in a period of constant battles between the world powers of that time, put cultural development of the country above everything and made it the goal of his life.

— [1]

The monastery has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites.


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