Stavropoleos Monastery

One of the most unexpected attractions in Bucharest is the Stavropoleos Monastery, the church and its rich collection of rare icons and old religious books.
Stavropoleos Monastery is a beautiful little Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns, right in the centre of Bucharest. It is built in the Brâncovenesc style and dates back to 1724. Brâncovenesc is also known as the Romanian Renaissance and is an artistic style that evolved during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The Stavropoleos Monastery is well worth a visit, with its   beautiful exteriors and rich collection of rare icons and old religious books, you’ll leave feeling inspired. Its stone decoration, furniture, interior and exterior murals make it the epitome of an important period in the history of Romanian art. Although small in size, by its sculpted decorative and ornamental motifs, the church expresses both a Baroque sensibility and an oriental taste.