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Radu Vodă Monastery is a Romanian Orthodox monastery in Bucharest, Romania.

History of the Place

Paleolithic

Because of its favorable environment and the elevated terrain close to a big river, the area of the monastery was inhabited starting from the Paleolithic (estimated somewhere between 1,000,000 and 10,000 BC). It is the site of the oldest known settlement on the territory of Romania. Following the Paleolithic settlement there was an uninterrupted settlement during the Neolithic with tools from the Neolithic, the bronze age (1800-800 BC), and the iron age (800 BC - AD 300).

The Dacian Era

The monastery is also the site of the remains of a fortified settlement from the Dacian Era (100 BC - AD 100).

History of the Monastery

The monastery was founded by Alexandru II Mircea (1568-1577) and his lady Ecaterina (Catherine) to give thanks for their victory in battle. It was intended to be the metropolitan church of the capital. The monastery was completely renovated during 1969-1974, on the initiative of patriarch Justinian Marina. Upon his death in 1977, the patriach was laid to rest in a grave in the interior wall of the monastery.

Location

Located at Radu Vodă str., no. 24A on the banks of Dâmboviţa River and close to the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral, the Monastery is located right in the middle of Bucharest, the capital of Romania. It is a few hundred meters away from the exit of Piaţa Unirii metro station.

Gallery

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File:Clopotnita Radu Voda.JPG


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Coordinates: 44°25′26.29″N 26°6′27.01″E / 44.4239694°N 26.1075028°E / 44.4239694; 26.1075028

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