Astrotreasures in Romania (2)

Jun 06
By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (design Florin Alexandru Stancu)

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The Lainici Monastery was founded in the 1390s by the Christian Orthodox priest Nicodim (who had been exiled by Ottomans from Serbia to Wallachia) with the support of the great Romanian “voievod” and “domnitor” Mircea cel Batran (the Elder), he who stopped for a while the Ottoman invasion to Europe.

The old church of this monastery had a tumultuous history, being:

-destroyed by the guns of the Austrian general von Bukow in the 1750s;

-burnt by Ottoman soldiers in 1807;

-used as a stable by German soldiers during World War I;

-used as an industrial deposit by Romanian communists after World War II.

After 1990 the old church was renovated and, also, a new church (cathedral) was built here, the Lainici Monastery becoming one of the most famous religious centers in Romania.

On the entrance ceiling of the old church I found an interesting Zodiac.

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