Neamț Monastery, founded in the 14th century by Prince Petru Mușat I, was erected over an old wooden church. It was later rebuilt by Alexandru cel Bun, when the bell tower at the entrance, the cells and the walls with defensive towers were added. After the 1471 earthquake which affected the church, Stephen the Great erected in 1497 a new stone church, a resplendent illustration of the Moldavian architectural style of the epoch. As early as the 15th century, Neamț Monastery was home to a celebrated school of calligraphers, copyists, miniaturists, engravers, carvers and grammarians.
The church’s exterior architecture belongs to the Moldavian style, resulted from combining Byzantine elements (enamelled ceramics) with Gothic ones (door and window frames, counterforts), adapted to the local needs. The facades, richly decorated, give the church a unique artistic value. The interior painting marks two distinct stages: the first one, from the altar, nave and necropolis, belongs to the epoch of Stephen the Great, while the rest are thought to have been made during the reign of Petru Rareș. The church and the bell tower have been integrally repainted in 1830. Inside the church, the semicircular altar is separated from the rest of the church by a baroque iconostasis, sculpted and gilded at the beginning of the 19th century.
The monastery’s library contains over 19,000 volumes, manuscripts and book in Romanian and other languages, as well as a collection of valuable religious objects.
How to get there:
Neamț Monastery is situated 57km north of Piatra Neamț. Take DN15C to Târgu Neamț and then turn left on DN15B and DJ155C roads to Neamț Monastery.
TEL +40 233 251 580 si +40 745 823 179;
FAX +40 233 251 587