Noul Neamț Monastery

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Noul Neamţ Monastery
Location Chiţcani, Căușeni District
Country Moldova
Denomination Eastern Orthodoxy
History
Founded 1864
Architecture
Status Monastery

Noul Neamţ Monastery (Romanian: Mănăstirea Noul Neamţ) is an all-male Moldovan Orthodox monastery located in Chiţcani, near Tighina, geographically in Basarabia, but controlled by the breakaway Transnistrian authorities. It is also known as Chiţcani Monastery.

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The name (which means "New Neamţ" in English) signifies that the monastery is a successor of the Neamţ Monastery in Romania (medieval Moldavia).

The monastery was founded in 1861, when several monks from the Neamţ monastery left and founded Noul-Neamţ in Chiţcani. The founding of the new monastery was a protest against the measures taken in United Principalities of Romania to confiscate monastery estates and forbid the usage of Slavonic language in worship.[1]

On 16 May 1962 Soviet authorities closed the monastery; the buildings became a hospital.

The monastery church was reopened in 1989, followed in 1991 by the Romanian-language school for Orthodox priests.[2]

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