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Agapia Monastery

Agapia Monastery - Neamt

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Year Built: 1642-1644
Built By: Vasile Lupu
Location: Târgu Neamţ
Summary: The church was repaired and modified several times during the centuries. At present, the church has two exonarthexes, a pronaos, a naos with its tower, and a chancel, as well as an external diaconicon and prothesis on either side of the chancel.

Agapia Monastery
Agapia Monastery, general view.

The inscription on the wall of the church dedicated to Archangels Michael and Gabriel says: “In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, I, slave of God hetman Gavriil and my wife Liliana, made and endowed this Agapia Monastery again, during the days of the right believer and lover of Christ Prince Vasile Lupu. And the construction started in the year 7150 (1642), October, the 15th day, and was completed in 7152 (1644), September, the 3rd, and was consecrated in 7155 (1647), September, the 12th”. After the consecration, many of the monks of Old Agapia moved downhill, and little by little, a real monastery was built around the church.

Agapia Monastery
Cottages of nuns surround the monastery.

The Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel was designed by the court architect of Vasile Lupu, a certain Ionasc Ctisi, possibly originating from Constantinople. The Metropolitan of Moldavia, Varlaam, officiated at the consecration ceremony, which Vasile Lupu himself attended. On this occasion, hetman Gavriil, who was the brother of Prince Lupu, donated to the monastery a Gospel book written on parchment and decorated with miniatures of the Evangelists, as well as a silver gilt filigree cross with eight arms.

Contact:

Address: Agapia, 617010, Neamt County
Phone: + 40 (233) 244736
e-mail: cancelarie@agapia.neamt.ro

Agapia Monastery
Agapia Monastery.
Agapia Monastery
The monastery museum.
Agapia Monastery
The icon of the Virgin Mary.
Agapia Monastery
Agapia Monastery.
Agapia Monastery
Agapia Monastery.
Agapia Monastery
Cottages of nuns surround the monastery.

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2 Responses to “Agapia Monastery”

  1. Message for Mother Tomaida,
    Yesterday, I gave a visual presentation of my 2005 Romanian journey with the icon painters to a small group at our arts center. I shared the icon of Our Mother Mary and the Christ child that you painted with them. They were very pleased with the whole presentation.
    So I’ve been thinking of you and praying that you are well. I did try to email you but it was returned to me.
    I hope your day is filled with joy.
    So sincerely,
    denise
    Denise Holly
    Hammond, Louisiana USA

  2. Dear Mother Maria,
    I do hope that you are well.My address is.Varga Zoltán
    Hungária krt.1o3/b 1em.2
    Hungary
    I t would be good to know that you are in Agapia or where else?With my prayers and love in Christ: Father Nectarios

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