The “Dumineca Tuturor Sfinţilor” Church

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1659, modified in 1859, located in the BĂLĂNEŞTI neighbourhood, on the Bălăneşti street, in the town of HOREZU

The “Dumineca Tuturor Sfinţilor” (All Saints’ Day) Church is a B-category architectural monument. It is the oldest historical monument in Horezu. It was built during the reign of the Voivode Matei Basarab (1632-1654), starting in 1652, and it was painted in 1658, when it was consecrated by its founder, during the reign of Mihnea III. The 1941 year-book of the Metropolitan Church of Oltenia dates the church in 1498. The church was rebuilt in 1859 by the boyars Stănică Bălănescu and Niţă Prodescu.

Included on the list of the national cultural heritage monuments of the Vâlcea county, the  Bălăneşti church is the oldest place of worship in the area. The church is located on the Râmeşti river, in the Bălăneşti neighbourhood, not far from the Hurezi Monastery. Included on the list of historical monuments, the church was founded by the Metropolitan Bishop  Ștefan, born in this locality, and it is noticeable through its historical quality and its architecture in the “Brâncoveanu” style. With an architecture typical of the churches in Oltenia, the Bălăneşti church is special due to its iconostasis containing the medallion portraits of the Metropolitan Bishop and of the ruler Mihnea III. On the southern wall of the church can be seen one of the most special representations of Death, from Aesop’s fable “The Old Man and Death”.

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