Photographer's Note

Cernica monastery is situated 20 km from Bucharest and is an important pilgrimage place.
On Sunday morning, a small religuous market is organised before the church of St. George. All kinds of religious objects are sold, such as icons and books.

The monastery was founded in 1608 by Cernica Stirbey, great justiciar of Rulers Michael the Brave and Radu
Serban. The establishment is situated on two isles taking their names from the churches built on them dedicated to Saint Nicholas and Saint George.
The monastery was founded on isle Saint George, its church and a few houses standing until the end of the
18th century. The present church was erected in 1815.
At Cernica there was once a school of painting and copyists. Numerous personalities of the Romanian culture (writer Gala Galaction, poet Tudor Arghezi, painter Ion Tuculescu and others) lived here, had close ties with the monastery and now rest unto eternity in the cemetery of the monastery.

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Additional Photos by Paul Bulteel (pauloog) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 77 N: 1882] (11751)
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