The Agapia Monastery is located near Agapia, Neamţ county.
The Agapia Monastery is one of the most renown monasteries in the Neamţ county and Moldova.
Dating back to 1437, the monastery lies hidden amidst secular forests on high hills. The initial settlement, known today as the Old Agapia, is located further uphill but due to the instability of the ground the monks decided to build another monastery downhill in the valley around 1600.
The Agapia monastery and the village of the same name were named after the Monk Agapia, who built the first church.
Combining Byzantine and Neoclassical elements, the church owes its fame to the valuable frescoes painted in 1858 by Nicolae Grigorescu, a famous Romanian painter.
The ensemble that stretches over 50 ha, has 141 houses which are all considered historical monuments. Among these is the memorial house of Alexandru Vlahuţă, a Romanian writer known for his writings on the Romanian landscapes.
Once here, you have to visit the monastery’s museum which harbours various medieval art and religious artifacts, old books and manuscripts.
Did you know?
The Agapia Convent is one of the biggest convents in Romania, after the Văratec Monastery.
The monastery’s ensemble is included on the historical monuments list of the Neamţ county. Various carpets and embroidery workshops are organized within the Agapia Monastery, as well as a religious painting school where the painter Nicolae Grigorescu taught at one point.