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Lupşa Monastery

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Lupşa Monastery
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Lupsa

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The Lupsa Convent for Monks was founded around the year 1420, being the oldest and the best preserved orthodox religious place in Apuseni Mountains. If you want to get to it, on Aries Valley you must follow the Abrud – Campeni – Turda road.

 

The founder of this wooden convent dedicated to the “Great Hierarch Saint Nicholas” is Boyar Stanislaw, who was part of Candea de Lupsa Prince Family, and the religious place for monks had a particular importance for the villages in the area.

 

The monks used books brought from the monasteries of Moldova for their services, and they kept a special relation with the Peri Monastery from the north side of Maramures.

 

The history of this religious settlement had a turning point in XVIII century, when the Church was in danger of being demolished. However, due to the Bishop Petru Paul Aron, who intervened in its favour, the Monastery was declared a historic monument.

 

In the mid 1800s, there were only a few monks left in the Monastery, guided by the Father Superior Procopius. In 1820, due to the Habsburg pressures against the Orthodox people, not even these few monks could remain here, as they were expelled by the authorities.

 

For 128 years, from 1820 until 1948, the Church served the Greek-Catholic believers.

 

Before the change in 1820, a church-school was functioning in the cells around the monastery where young priests and singers were trained by monks. The nearby villagers took advantage of this practice, who, along with the church school, could enjoy the glass painting workshop, as well.

 

At the beginning, the church of the monastery only had nave and altar and it was not even painted. In 1810 the pronaos was added, as well as the icons which in fact, as you will see, are the original ones, painted in the XVII century.

 

There are also new elements in Lupsa. The paintings on the church walls were realized in 1993, with such occasion the place was renovated and plastered up on the inside. Moreover, a few annexes were also built, among which some cells and even a kitchen.

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