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monastery has been under the protection of an important number of
Moldavian rulers: Alexander the Kind, Stephen the Great and Saint,
Petru Rares and Alexander Lapusneanu. |
Capriana Monastery is situated not far from the Straseni town and
represents the architectural ensemble, which includes the Church of
Virgin’s Assumption (1545), Churches of Saint Nicholas (1840) and Saint
The most ancient is Virgin’s Assumption Church founded by Petru Rares
in 1545. It has a triconchal lay-out. After the reconstruction by
Metropolitan Gavriil Banulescu- Bodoni in 1820, it kept unchanged only
the decorative apses with arcature.
In the course of construction, a bell-house with a pyramidal roof and
an octagonal dome with a bulbous turret over the naos were built. The
most magnifi cent is the Saint George Church, built in style of late
Baroque in 1840.
The winter church of Saint Nicholas has the same traditional
architecture like other medieval Moldavian structures. The tomb of
metropolitan Gavriil Banulescu-Bodoni is situated on the territory of
Metropolitan Gavriil Banulescu-Bodoni, a prominent fi gure of our
culture and Orthodoxy, was at the head of the Church since the
occupation of Bessarabia and its annexation to Russian Empire, during
the years 1813-1821.
Not far from the monastery, in the forest, there is an oak, which is
called by the local villagers the Oak of Stephen the Great and Saint.
In the shade of that oak Stephen the Great and Saint took a rest after
one of the battles.
Capriana is a true monument to the faith. Its walls keep the distant
legends about the creation of monastery and a whole historical epoch of
the evolution of Moldavian people…