The English version of the Buila-Vanturarita National Park web page - September 2007



Pietei 7, Horezu Town, Valcea County

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Bistriţa Monastery – Costeşti
Founded by the Craioveşti boyar (Romanian noblesmen), Barbu and his brothers Pârvu, Danciu and Radu, Bistriţa Monastery is dated to the year 1490. The present Church is neo-gothic, with generous dimensions,
Bolniţa Church – Bistriţa
From what the Craioveşti boyars founded, there is only the small Church of Bolniţa (1520-1521), a modest building (11 m x 4 m), stone-made (stone from downriver) and some brick, boat shaped, no tower, with a clapboard roof. The church has a square nave, with an altary round shaped on the inside...
Ovidenia Church – the Bats Cave (Saint Gregory the Decapollite) – Bistriţa
The oldest historical monument inside the Bats’ Cave is the small church Ovidenia. It was thought that the first church in the cave was built by the end of the 13th century, but it fell into ruin by the end of the 14th century, when the monks left the cave and built the Bolniţa Church, during the abbot from Tismana.
Păpuşa Hermitage – Bistriţa
The church was built in 1712, founded by the monks of Bistriţa monastery, with Steven as their abbot. They dedicated it to Saint Gregorythe Decapollite. The painting, dating from the same period, was done on account of some members of the Brâncoveanu family.
Arnota Monastery – Bistriţa village
Founded by Matthew Basarab in 1633-1634, dedicated to the „Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel”, it was built on the foundation of an older church. The porch with the tower was added by Constantin Brâncoveanu...
44 Springs Hermitage - Pietreni village
Also known as The Hermitage under the Stone, it was built by the abbot Steven from the Bistrița Monastery, in 1701, being the small predecessor of this monastery.
Pătrunsa Monastery – Bărbăteşti village
The hermitage is dedicated to “Saint Paraschiva”, after the name of bishop Climent’s mother. It was built in 1740 by Bishop Climent of Râmnic, in remembrance of the fact that he was born there by his mother, Paraschiva Modoran from the village Pietrarii de Jos, who was trying to escape the turkish invaders by fleeing into the mountains; she found shelter at the Buila Mountain valley, in a place called Pătrunsa.
Pahomie Hermitage - Cheia
The founding document of the hermitage states that the founders are Pahomie the monk and Sava The Outlaw, in 1520, thus the name of "Pahomie Hermitage of the Beautiful Spring".
Cultural-historical monuments in the neighbourhood of the Buila-Vânturariţa National Park
Cultural-historical monuments in the neighbourhood of the Buila-Vânturariţa National Park

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