Capriana Monastery, Straseni District

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Căpriana monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Moldova, located in Căpriana, 40 km north-west of Chișinău.
Established in medieval Moldavia, Căpriana is situated in a picturesque forested area once called Codrii Lăpușnei.
The first significant reference dates from a document issued in 1429 that gave Căpriana the status of royal monastery on behalf of Alexander the Good. In this deed the holy abode was referred to as "mănăstirea de la Vâșnovăț unde este egumen Chiprian" (the monastery of Vâșnovăț where the hegumen is Chiprian) and was given in the possession of Alexander's wife - princess Marena.
After a period of decay, the monastery was rebuilt at the behest of Petru Rareș, from 1542 to 1545.
There are three churches on the monastery site. The Church of the Dormition (a stone summer church) is the oldest extant church in Moldova. The winter church of St George is a twentieth century building. The nineteenth century church is dedicated to St Nicholas. The Church of the Dormition contains the tomb of Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni.
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  • Me and my wife were in this place in June. Beautiful place with amazing garden. There are two church very beautiful and leave you without words. What I don't appreciate very well were the toilet... 
    Me and my wife were in this place in June. Beautiful place with amazing garden. There are two church very beautiful and leave you without words. What I don't appreciate very well were the toilet...  more »
  • The monastery is maintained very well, all the buildings were recently renovated. I personally like Curchi monastery more because of the architecture and art seems to better there. But Capriana is... 
    The monastery is maintained very well, all the buildings were recently renovated. I personally like Curchi monastery more because of the architecture and art seems to better there. But Capriana is...  more »
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  • An impressive beautiful Monastery Site Established in medieval Moldavia, Căpriana is situated in a picturesque forested area once called Codrii Lăpușnei. There are three churches on the monastery site. The Church of the Dormition (a stone summer church) is the oldest extant church in Moldova. The winter church of St George is a twentieth century building. The nineteenth century church is dedicated to St Nicholas. The Church of the Dormition contains the tomb of Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni.
  • Enjoyed the scenic drive through the village to reach this Monastery. The territory is full of greenery, my favorite pine trees. There are couple of wells to get water from too.

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