The Brâncoveanu Monastery

You can reach Brancoveanu Monastery from the national road DN1 (E68) Brasov-Sibiu (11 km from Fagaras to Avrig), passing through the village Sambata de Jos, and then going left through Sambata de Sus commune on the county road for 15 km. Another route is from the town Victoria on the forest road that is situated at the foot of the northern side of the Fagaras Mountains.

The history of the monastery begins in the XVII-th century, as the first clear evidence dates from 1654, when the village and the estate from Sambata de Sus entered the property of Preda Brancoveanu. He was a gentleman of Wallachia and the grandfather of Constantin Brancoveanu. Apparently, he built here a small wooden church for hermit monks. Around 1696, the old church was rebuilt in stone and brick by the Ruler Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714). He also founded here a grammar school, a fresco painting workshop and a small typography.

Between the years 1698-1701, the Catholics tried to convert all the believers of the Transylvanian Orthodox Church. In the summer of 1761, the Austrian general Bukow ordered the destruction of the monasteries, which he considered to be dangerous as they maintained the faith of the Orthodox believers. The Sambata de Sus Monastery was spared from the 1761 destruction, probably due to an intervention of the estate and village owner, the Brancoveanu family. It remained the only Orthodox monastery of Fagaras, and so the prestige of the church increased even more.

The only work known to be from that time is the painting of the holy place, by Visarion with the help of two gentlemen of the Brâncoveanu family, Nicolae and Manolache in 1766. But, the monastery was destroyed in November 1785, and only the solid walls remained. It was a ruin for almost a century and a half. The church's repair works began in the summer of 1926, when they unearthed the walls of the ruined old church, the missing parts were restored and the roof was put. The consecration of the church and of the new buildings took place on the 15th of August 1946, when the patron of the monastery was celebrated. The Metropolitan Nicolae Balan preserved the ancient paintings inside the church. Below the church, at about 50 m, the old belfry was rebuilt. Between 1962-1963, the monastery was renovated and reinforced. In 1985, the monastery and the new church were re-built.

After 1990, the monastery became a famous spiritual center renowned in the whole world. Tourists can also visit the library, the museum and the ecumenical center Academia Sâmbăta.

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  • Ucea Village
  • Sinca Veche Village
  • Sinca Noua Village
  • Sercaia Village
  • Sambata de Sus Village
  • Lisa Village
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