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Kretzulescu Church

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Bucharest, Romania.

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Built in the 1720s, this delicate, double-domed, Eastern Orthodox church is dwarfed by the surrounding buildings of Bucharest but nevertheless draws the eye; it’s a vibrantly red brick structure, set at the centre of its own sunken, somewhat dilapidated, tree-lined courtyard, and its Brancovenesc architecture is rather at odds with the rest of Calea Victoriei.

Marked down for demolition during the Communist era and almost destroyed by two separate earthquakes, it was repeatedly and carefully restored and although the painted exterior is no longer visible, some of the original frescoes are still present on the porch ceiling – bright and arrestingly beautiful for all their age – and the wall paintings inside were made in 1860 by Gheorghe Tattarescu (famous in Romania for being at the forefront of the classical revival which took place in Europe towards the end of the 19th century).

Written by  larapiegeler.

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