Botoşani

Vorona Monastery

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Vorona
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Botoşani

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Maybe you are not so pious, but what is done by the human hand with such a beauty, always fascinates. I seek to believe that this is quite a wonder: a beauty made by the human, out of pure love and believe. The Vorona Monastery of Botosani is such an example.

 

Well, to be precise, it is actually a Monastery complex, in which only 3 out of the 4 “Houses of Lord” can be found.

 

The oldest was the one built in 1600, but, unfortunately, it is not there anymore, now, remaining only the “Adormirea Maicii Domnului” (Assumption of Mary)Church which has been built between the years 1793 and 1803. 32 years later, to this church, the “Nasterea Maicii Domnului” Church (The Nativity of Theotokos) has been added, than the last construction, “Sfantul Nicolae” (Saint Nicholas)Church. Vorona, as you will find now, is at only 24 kilometres from Botosani.

 

Placed somewhere in the forest, oasis of silence that welcomes you even from the first steps you make inside the complex. The soul peace has found here its home, the harmony in which the church blends with the nature shall overwhelm you.

 

If you are the Japanese tourist type, namely the type that wants only “thousands” of pictures in which he/she appear smiling and making the victory sign, than, choose your way through Bucovina, because, this is a place of beauty that lasted in spite of the time passing by.

 

Returning to Vorona, the monastery has an interesting story to tell, especially that half a century ago, it was the target of the communism, the monastery being dissolved, than, in 1968, it has been re-instated but, from now on as a nuns monastery.

 

Its 400 years history is quite fascinating and starts with a few Russian monks who wanted to build a wood little church on the Vorona place. They succeeded, it is the forth construction, which can no longer be seen in our days.

 

Only after 250 years later, a high prelate of the Romanian church decides to bring a little protection to the church from here and builds other church, this time with a wall. Somewhere, well hidden in the beech and oak forest there is also the Sihastria Voronei Skete. It is only 3 kilometres away from the Vorona Monastery.

 

The high prelate we were talking about earlier, is the Archimandrite Raphael, he was also the one who has erected the skete’s church.

 

It is worth mentioning that the relics of the Saint Nicholas are kept in the “Nasterea Maicii Domnului” (The Nativity of Theotokos ) Church.

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