Hurez Monastery

The Hurez Monastery is located in Valcea county, Romania. It is considered to be the most representative example of a construction in the typically Romanian Brancovenesc style. It was founded at the end of the 17th century under the reign of Constantin Brancoveanu and belongs to UNESCO heritage.

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The ecclesiastic ensemble Hurez consists of two enclosures, one surrounded by brick walls and the other by buildings on three sides and a wall on the fourth. The ensemble houses four churches. The entrance to the main enclosure is marked by a large archway with a massive wooden gate. It is flanked on the north side by the sanctums, the monastic cells, in a massive but harmonious three-story volume with a facade disrupted by arched openings.

The main monastery, founded by ruler Constantin Brancoveanu, is simple, harmonious and representative of the Brancovenesc style, especially through the arched foyer or porch, with stone columns, at the entrance. The facade presents simple decorations, typical for late Renaissance, and carved medallions. The moulding above the entryway consists of sculpted marble. Two towers with byzantine, narrow arched windows, surmount the roof. The belfry tower houses four grand bells.

The entrance to the nave presents a gallery of painted portraits of ruler Constantin Brancoveanu and his family. The blue and gold leafed inner fresco is a gorgeous example of byzantine art and illustrates scenes from the Old and the New Testament, as well as the Holy Emperor Constantine and his mother, Helena. At the nave entrance there is also the crypt of the ruler’s family.

The Hurez monastery and area has specialized over centuries in ceramic craftsmanship. Ceramic works of art, as well as stone and wood sculpture are also in the possession of the church.

The typically byzantine monumental rood screen, called iconostasis, consists of carved and gilded linden tree wood.

The ensemble also includes a library with a beautifully carved porch, columns and parapets with carved sprout and flower motifs and the symbol of the two-headed eagle.



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