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Churches & Monasteries

Agapia Monastery

Location: Agapia village, 45 km far from Piatra Neamt, in Neamt Depression.

Description:
The monastery’s name derives from the hermit Agapie who founded initially a wooden hermitage in the place called “Parents’ Orchard” at the end of the 14th century (The Old Agapia). The monastery was restored by the ruler Petru Rares (1541-1546), when it was built the first Princely Church and after that it concerned two other rulers Peter the Limp and Duca Voivode. It was during the 16th century when the Old Agapia was moved to its actual place (New Agapia). New Agapia Monastery was built by hetman Gavriil, brother of Vasile Lupu, the ruler of that time. Between 1858 -1862 the monastery was repainted by the famous Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu, who was 20 years old at that time. The monastery houses a valuable museum which displays icons, embroidery, religious objects and a precious crucifix carved in cypress wood.

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