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.
P.S. I posted this picture hlf a year ago in b&w, but yesterday, while re-seeing it, I decided it looks much better in colour
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marjan (7) 2008-04-11 10:29
hi Adrian, wonderfl shot with excellent composition and superb object. Nice useful notice.
asiivalceni (857) 2008-04-12 22:50
Da! O imagine care iti da liniste.., o imagine clar..- in armonie- asa cum spui si tu!
pastadog (13111) 2008-04-18 6:16
Corridors are generally good subject, Adrian, but can be tricky. I believe you did a very good job here, correctly using the light. Sharp. And I like this color version, because the floor looks very good. Regards, Daniel
bisok (948) 2008-05-03 17:33
Yes... This is very interesting composition indeed. Very good Point of View. Light nice colours. Great sharpness. Well done. Thanks for sharing.
tatadalou (7459) 2008-11-15 7:43
Picture well composed with a beautiful symmetry. Thanks for your instructive note.
PSkillz (1327) 2009-03-25 7:24
nice symetric angle and pov!!!