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Văratec Monastery

The largest nunnery in Romania is in the village of Văratec. It was founded in 1785, and for a while it was under the guidance of the Agapia Monastery. At the Văratec Monastery lived Romanian personalities such as Veronica Micle, who is also buried here, Archimandrite Bartolomeu Anania or academic Zoe Dumitrescu-Buşulenga.

Sihăstria Monastery

Known in Romania as a place of Holy Men, Sihastria Monastery is rooted in 1655, being founded by Bishop Ghedeon of Huşi. The place is surrounded by forests and has a lot of legends associated. Father Cleopa is the most famous confessor in the Orthodox Romanian tradition and he is buried here. Many believers come to light a candle and pray for his soul.

Secu Monastery

Set at the foot of Mount Vasan and near the Secu river, the monastery has the shape of a medieval fortress with thick walls, defense towers and high towers. The monastery hosts a treasure, which historian Nicolae Iorga called “the great wonder of Secu”, and which contains manuscripts, prints, precious metal objects of great value from the historical and artistic point of view. The story of the Secu treasure is interesting because it had to be taken to Russia in 1916, but a monk hid it in a secret place he refused to disclose to the authorities. Thus, the Secu treasure can now be admired by visitors, while the rest of the Romanian Treasure remains in the hands of the Russians.