Mânăstirea Cernica

Today I will take you on new trip, we can go cycling if you like that  or if you like we could also take a long, long walk. I will take not so far from Bucharest, we will go 12 km.

I will take you to a beautiful place, I have to admit I’m not a religious person but even so we will go to see a monastery and also admire the view that it is near it.

The monastery it is called Cernica, this monastery has a long history, it was built in 1608 in the time of Radu Șerban by Cernica Știrbei and his wife Chiajna.

Before 1608 on this land used to be called Gradiștea Floreștilor.

Not long after the monastery was made there was an epidemic of plague so the monastery was abandoned for some time. There is a legend about how the monastery became again what it used to be before the plague.

The priest who helped the Monastery to become what it used to be is the Archimandrite Gheorghe. The legend says that the priest that came from the Athos Mountain one night he had a dream of Saint Nicholas who was telling him that there is a place that needs to be clean from all the wild beast. But the Priest didn’t knew where that place was  so for a long time he was searching for it. When he finally found it, on the imagine of Saint Nicholas that was in the church there was a big snake around it .The Priest  told the snake to leave the place and the snake did it.

Talking about legends there is another one about a fountain that is near the entry of the monastery, unfortunately I don t have a picture with fountain.Anyway I will tell you the legend.

There used to be a Pasha who had a camp in the Pantelimon village that it is very near to the monastery. This Pasha wanted to rob the monastery. While he was drinking his coffee and planning the attack, one of his own men attacked him with a gun trying to kill him.

Fortunately for the Pasha the bullet hit a bag full of gold coins. Because he didn’t die he decided to not attack anymore the church and send those gold coins to the church so they can make a fountain.

About the water from the fountain it is said that it never blends with the water from the lake even if they are very closer.

Now getting back to facts, the monastery complex has 3 churches and 3  vergers. The Monastery was first time attested by a royal  charter in time of  Radu Vodă Șerban in 1608.

In 1778 the painter Nicolae Polcovnicu founded in the monastery a big painting school of church painting.

In the monastery also there used to be a school of copyist . Form the school remained many manuscripts discovered later by Nicolae Iorga. This manuscripts are now exposed in the monastery museum. There are more than 15000 of old books a lot of old manuscripts.

Among them are the Holy Gospel from 1637, the Homily of Varlam from Iasi from 1643 wrote with cyrillic letters.The Bible of Șerban Cantacuzino from 1688.

At the monastery used to function also a monastic seminary.

After the Second World War the monastic seminary and also the typography were closed until 1995.

The monastery it is really beautiful to visit and also the lake that is nearby.  The cemetery looks also nice. So I hope you enjoy!

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