|1978 Cheia: 1. Cheia Motel; 2. The town; |
3. The Red Mountain; 4. Cheia Monastery
Located at 60km north of Ploieşti, in the Teleajen Valley, Cheia is a mountain resort, surrounded by Ciucaş Mountains and Zăganu Mountain. At the end of the 19th century it was a small settlement named Teleajenul, with 82 inhabitants, situated near Bratocea customs, between Romania and Austria-Hungary. Subsequently, the village took the name from the nearby monastery.
In the area there have been established Transylvanian refugees and pastors since the 18th century, after the Uniate in 1701 and in 1770 was founded on the mountain Balabanu a wooden hermitage, wearing patron Saint Nicolae (settlement devastated by Turks, seven years later). In 1790, the hermitage was restored, all wood, on another settlement (to the Red Mountain) - the altar of this second place was taken by this church of the Cheia Monastery.
The new place of worship, dedicated to the Assumption, was inhabited by 19 monks, as is attested in a royal charter given by Alexander Ipsilanti in 1797. Between 1832 and 1835, the hermitage burned at the base. The present church was built of brick and painted between 1835 and 1839 by Gheorghe Tatarrascu. The large church of the monastery, built of brick and stone, has a trefoil shape.
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Sender: Dănuţ Ivănescu (me, to my brother, at 11 years)
Sent from Cheia (Prahova / Romania), on 03.08.1975