Horezu Monastery

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Horezu Monastery
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Monastery of Hurezi
Type Cultural
Criteria ii
Reference 597
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1993 (17th Session)
Horezu Monastery is located in Romania
Horezu Monastery
Location of Horezu Monastery in Romania.

The Horezu Monastery or Hurezi Monastery was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu in the town of Horezu, Wallachia, Romania. It is considered to be a masterpiece of "Brâncovenesc style", known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorative works.

The Brâncovenesc style, which can be found at several other churches and monasteries in Wallachia, is the only true and original Romanian style and is called "Brancoveanu art" by the name of the ruler who, in a period of constant battles between the world powers of that time, put cultural development of the country above everything and made it the goal of his life.

The monastery has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites.



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Coordinates: 45°10′07″N 24°00′25″E / 45.1686°N 24.0069°E / 45.1686; 24.0069