May 25, 2011

S is for Sightseeing in Sinaia

At the Sinaia Monastery in the Prahova Valley in Romania, home to less than 20 Christian Orthodox monks, there are two churches, an old (biserica veche) and a new (biserica mare). Both the town and the monastery (completed in 1695) were named after Mount Sinai.

Today I show you the newer, The Great Church, built between 1842 and 1846.



[click to enlarge for more detail]
Sinaia, Romania, 2011

This is my contribution to ABC Wednesday where S is the letter of the week.

21 comments:

Dina said...

I love the door, especially.

I didn't go into the Romanian Orthodox church here in Jerusalem, since I had three visitors in tow.
Next time, inshallah.

Interesting that yours is named after Mt. Sinai.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous old cathedral and your captures are superb as always, Francisca! I do so enjoy your tours of some of the less known places in Europe! I look forward to your posts each week! Enjoy!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful cathedral. And, being originally from the Pacific Northwest USA I love that a building from the mid 1800s is the "new" church!

GrandmaK said...

What a beautiful work of art. Thank you for sharing.

helenmac said...

Superb post for S-day! Where in Romania is the Prahova Valley?
HelenMac
ABC Wednesday Team

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful detail on the exterior when enlarged, Francisca, and the interior is wonderful.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

VioletSky said...

It is interesting how every bit of this church has such intricate detailing.

Roger Owen Green said...

SENSATIONAL building, esp the door.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hilda said...

Not an architectural style that I am familiar with, but such beautiful details!

GW Bill Miller said...

Wonderfully ornamented. I love old churches.

Evelyn said...

Nice structure... to draw....

joo said...

I definitely put in on my must see list:)

Kaori said...

So much beauty packed into this church! It actually kind of looks like a museum from the outside, but the inside is pure monastery! I love the towers :D

fredamans said...

Stunning! Superb! Splendid! Spectacular!

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H said...

What a beautiful building! It is so elaborate and intricate.

Cildemer said...

Great entry for S day!
The architecture is fabulous and the first shot is simply wonderful!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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eileeninmd said...

Francisca, I love traveling with you. Your blog post always have something beautiful to see. This church and the detail is just lovely.

photowannabe said...

Amazing beautiful photos. I love the "new" church.

EG Wow said...

Thank you for directing me to this post, Francisca. I have been away from my computer for five days and am just now starting to catch up. I might have missed this one...and I'm so glad I didn't!

Amazing that it was built in 1846 and is the NEWER version.

JM said...

Fantastic shots of a beautiful building.