Monastery of Horezu (1993)

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Romania 1995. Hurez Monastery. Founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancovan, the monastery of Horezu [Hurez], in Walachia, is a masterpiece of the 'Brancovan' style. It is known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works. The school of mural and icon painting established at the monastery in the 18th century was famous throughout the Balkan region.

The colours of the church's interior frescoes, which include portraits of Brincoveanu and his family, have been tarnished by the smoke from fires lit by Turkish slaves who camped here - those in the Nuns' Refectory give a better idea of their original colours. 

  • Romania 1995. Hurez Monastery. 

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