The monastic village Agapia

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The Agapia Monastery was built in 1642. It is one of the largest monasteries of nuns in Romania, where over 300 nuns live. Outside the monastery, there are 141 houses built in the traditional style of mountain areas. They are 150-200 years old, which confirms the special historical or artistic value.


For 160 years the monastery and the surrounding houses were inhabited by monks, and later, at the wish of Metropolitan Veniamin Costache of Moldova, who wanted to set up a seminar for priests at the Socola Monastery in Iași, it was inhabited by a group of 50 nuns. They took the place of the monks, attesting also the first school for nuns where Greek language and the crafts of weaving and embroidery were learned. In 1949, the four-year seminary, where girls from all the monasteries from the Moldovan area came to attend was set up. In the monastery village, Mother Elisabeta Strajescu built a cottage with a porch where the writer Alexandru Vlahuță or the painter Nicolae Grigorescu often came.
Discipline, tranquility and emotional loading are unique things that we find in the well-cared-for houses of the nuns around the monastery.