Baia de Aramă Monastery – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route : The Cultural Heritage Route

Name of the Touristic Attraction: Baia de Aramă Monastery

Location: in Baia de Aramă, Mehedinți County, situated 73 km from Drobeta Turnu Severin, on DJ670 towards Târgu Jiu. The monastery is located in the north-west part of Oltenia, on Mehedinţi Plateau, in a small depression. It is surrounded by Dochiciu, Dealul-Mare and Cornet Hills, communicating through national roads with Târgu Jiu, Motru, Strehaia and Drobeta Turnu Severin.

Description: Surrounded by the Dochiciu, Dealul Mare and Cornet hills, communicating through national roads with Târgu Jiu, Motru, Strehaia and Drobeta Turnu Severin, the monastery started operating in 1703 as a hermitage. Later, the settlement was dedicated to the Hilandar Monastery of Mount Athos. The ensemble was permanently under the leadership of the Greek or Serbian abbots, thus being a center of intercultural spiritual interference and at the same time creating communion relationships with the neighboring Serbian people. The monastery completely preserves the original painting, performed in the fresco technique, specific to the interior decoration from the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the eighteenth century, on the territory between the Southern Carpathians and the Danube. Initially it functioned as a monastery of monks, and later as a nunnery monastery under the jurisdiction of the Episcopate of Severin and Strehaia. The monastery dates back in 1400, during the time of Saint Nicodemus of Tismana, being a wooden building back then. The construction of the present building, where the monastery operates, begins in 1699 at the impulse of Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu and ends in 1703. There is also a legend about this monastery. It says that the ruler hid a treasure in the worship place, in the walls, under the church or near the monastery, while it was built. Then there it was said that a map of finding the treasure was found, and over the years many thieves tried to find the Brâncovenian gold. All these attempts have led to the degradation of the building and to the state in which it is at this moment.

Information and Contact:

The monastery is administered by the Episcopate of Severin and Strehaia:

phone: +4 0252 333 048, +4 0252 333 039,

E-mail: secretariat@episcopiaseverinului.ro

Website: www.episcopiaseverinului.ro

Route close to other Thematic Routes:

In Baia de Aramă area you can also visit:

  • The New Church and the Old Church in Brebina
  • The Church in Titerlești
  • The Old Church in Negoiești
  • The Old Church in Pistrița
  • The Statues of Constantin Brâncoveanu and Tudor Vladimirescu, Baia de Aramă
  • Artesian Fountain Parallel 45, Baia de Aramă
  • The protected areas “Dealul Cornetului”
  • Bulba Gorges and Cave
  • “Cornetul Băii”
  • The Bridge from the Black Water, on D J 670 at the intersection with D.N. 67D, over the Motru River
  • Dochiciu Hill, where Dacian coins were discovered
  • The Fountain with 12 buckets, near the new church in Brebina
  • The ore deposit in Brebina
  • The house of the memories – house museum of the singer Nina Predescu, Negoieşti

In the area you can also visit:

  • Isverna Commune with all its touristic objectives
  • Obârșia Cloșani Commune with all its touristic objectives
  • Ponoarele Commune with all its touristic objectives

Other useful information:

Accomodation:

  1. “Conacul Boierului” Pension: +4 0740 057 390 (Ponoarele Commune)
  2. “Maria Elena” Pension: +4 0752 112 711 (Ponoarele Commune)
  3. “Casa Albă” Pension: +4  0752 234 522 (Baia de Aramă)

Events in Baia de Aramă:

  1. The Days of Baia de Aramă City and the “Mountain, Mountain, Beautiful Fir tree” National Folklore Festival – organized in the first part of September
  2. “Holidays are Coming” Festival – 18th -20th December

GPS Coordinates: lat, long: 44.99715279999999, 22.811905199999956, elevation: 277 m