The Rupestral Monastery Corbii de Piatră

        About 50 km far north of Pitesti, in the village of Corbi, on the banks of the Doamnei River there is the partially rupestral monastery named Corbii de Piatră (the Stone Ravens Monastery), a place of worship carved in the sandstone. The history of the monastery is lost in the darkness of the time. As in the case of the Rupestral monastery from Șinca Veche, it is not possible to specify precisely the year in which it was built. The first documentary attestation dates back to 1512, from the period of the ruler Neagoe Basarab (1512-1521). The monastery acquires the present appearance at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when a new iconostasis/altarpiece, painted by a certain Stephen painter, is being built.

        Besides, the uniqueness of this monastery is also given by the interior painting made in the Byzantine style and considered to be the oldest in the Muntenia region. Unfortunately, it is in an advanced state of decay and it seems that the Ministry of Culture fails to find funds to preserve it. Initially, the church had two functional altars on a single nave, a Byzantine characteristic of the tenth century, which increases its uniqueness.

        In the courtyard of the monastery it can be seen some stone crosses, as well as a wooden chapel built in 1890, besides which the tourists pass on their way to the monastery without suspecting their value. On the left side, some wooden stairs were set up above the monastery. I recommend you to venture up, because there you will be able to admire the surrounding area. Above the church, embedded in the rock, there is a stone cross dating back to 1700.

        Inside the church I noticed a box of mercy. I hope the Romanian Orthodox Church to use the money for rehabilitation and not for its own interest. I was amazed to note that there is no entry fee, although I think it would be necessary.

         At 50 m from the monastery, there is the blue house of Mother Uța, a villager born here. Her granddaughter redeems both the house that keeps traditional Romanian objects and the immense boulders in the yard. We noticed a mushroom-shaped boulder, as well as the shape of a snake and a gigantic leg on a tile wall. The strand of water streaming into the yard turns into a spectacular ice wall in winter and into a cascade in spring. On one of the rocks, we have a circular shape that is supposed to have been a baptismal font.

        In conclusion, I believe that this tourist attraction must be promoted and perhaps the Ministry of Culture together with the rich Romanian Orthodox Church can find financial resources for the rehabilitation of this place of worship.

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  1. Amazing post… Certainly ministry of culture or tourism must help to promote the possible advertisements and more crowd visits also they can make more beautiful lighting for the night visitors and sure this can be a point of interest. If I get a chance I go there too. Cheers. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. idjourneys spune:

      Very interesting idea! Thanks for sharing! Have a nice Sunday!


      1. 🙏🌺💐💖🌹🌺🌺🌺


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