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Founded in 1690 - 1695 by Spatharus Mihail Cantacuzino, the Sinaia Monastery ó after 300 years of existence ó continues to watch over the town that carries its name, being the Sinaia's spiritual symbol. It contains several sightseeing spots.

The Museum of Sinaia Monastery is the first religious museum from the whole country, built in 1895.

The tower's Bell that was built in 1892 and weights over 1700 kg. Nearby, there are many memorial houses from which we mention: George Enescu House, Luminiş de Cumpătu Cottage, Nicolae Iorga's Memorial House or Anastasie Simu's House.

The main attraction of this 17th century monastery (named after the biblical mount Sinai) is the old church inside the monastery walls which is now being restored. Although you canít enter, you can admire the frescoes in the portal depicting Judgement Day. On the left, happy believers wait in line to enter paradise, while to the right little devils drag sinners into a river of fire leading to the mouth of a dragon. In the far corner of the monastery, you can enter the Paraclis, a chapel once used by monks for daily services. The frescoes here are more than 300 years old, and the sign on the iconostase kindly requests visitors not to scratch their names into the valuable walls. Next to the old part of the monastery is the bigger new church, built by monks under the supervision of Abbot Iosaf from 1842-1846. It is a perfect example of Romanian religious architecture which blends certain stylistic elements from Moldavia and Wallachia. This amazing house of worship displays ornately carved oak objects and beautiful Neo-Byzantine gold leaf murals. A small museum and a shop which sells religious icons and literature are also open to the public.

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