DOBROVAT Monastery - Dobrovat commune, Iasi county

DOBROVAT  Monastery

Dobrovat commune, Iasi county. Convent for monks.
Dedication day: “Descent of the Holy Spirit”, the eighth Sunday after Easter.

The monastic establishment is the last holy founding that Stephen the Great, the Voivode of Moldavia, erected during his reign.
The foundation stone was laid on 27th April 1503, but the construction of the monastery was completed in 1504, its great founder did not live to see it. The paintings inside the church of the monastic complex were executed during the reign of Petru Rares Voivode between 1527 and 1530. The votive portrait shows the founding father of the holy establishment, Stephen the Great, together with his sons Bogdan III Voivode and Petru Rares Voivode.
In the following century (in 1651), Vasile Lupu Voivode dedicated the monastic establishment to the Zograf Monastery, which is situated on Mount Athos and which was founded by Stephen the Great, too; the establishment was subordinated to the athonite monastery until 1863.
The former monastic life of the holy establishment was revived in 1990. The renovation of the church of "Great Martyr George the Trophy-Bearer", a renowned historical monument, has been completed. A chapel has been built, new monastic cells have been raised, and certain improvements on the old monastic complex have been made - so that it is now fully functional. The surrounding walls of the monastery and the belfry tower are also restored.

Category: Monasteries of IASI
Added: Aug 29, 2010
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