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. Arrange to visit Capriana Monastery and other attractions in Straseni District using our Straseni District trip site.
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  • 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 »
  • I went for a visit aiming to understand this hardly recommended monastic complex. Indeed, it's a great monastery, with a long and glorious history. 
    I went for a visit aiming to understand this hardly recommended monastic complex. Indeed, it's a great monastery, with a long and glorious history.  more »
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  • Pretty, but lacks some people to explain or be nice
  • Impressive monastery. Was recently renovated, everything being arranged very nicely. Especially beautiful is the nature around, the monastery being situated near a small lake and surrounded by hills and forests. For those who travel from/to Moldova to/from Romania, this place is worth stopping by. It is only 2-3 km away from the main road E581.

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