When they were built some hundreds years ago, walls were designed to protect from material enemies. When visiting the superbe Brancoveanu Monastery in Sambata, I felt like those walls war stopping nowadays some different type of "enemies". It was like stepping into a different world of peace, almost disturbing quietness, like there was no one there, yet the monastery was full of life. A feeling I strongly advice you to experience
PP: added a black frame and the AGFA-film effect to bring back some memories
The "Brancoveanu" Monastery - Sambata de Sus - located on the valley of Sambata river- is famous for being a place of recovery, comfort and spiritual balm for visitors who halt or pray in this sacred dwelling. The history of Brāncoveanu Monastery started in the 17th century, when Preda Brāncoveanu erected on Sambata Valley the first church built in wood. On its place, around the year 1696, Constantin Brāncoveanu, the ruler of Wallachia (1688 - 1714), re-built a monastery in stone, in order to strengthen and save the Romanian Orthodoxy from the danger of Catholicism, which appeared when Transylvania was ruled by the Habsburgs (1683). In 1785 the monastery was partially demolished by the order of general Bukow from Vienna All the cells were completely destroyed, the church became a ruin and the monks were driven away. Throughout the 140 years since the destruction there had been many people who tried to restore it such as Metropolitan Bishop Andrei Saguna, Bishop Ilarie Puscariu, nun Maria Boros and so on, but with no results. The honor of becoming the second founder of the Brāncoveanu Monastery was given to Metropolitan Nicolae Balan, who started the restoration work in 1926. Its consecration took place in 1946.