February 8, 2016

2278 ROMANIA (Prahova) - Caraiman Monastery in Buşteni

Situated in town Buşteni, at the foot of the massif Caraiman, in a glade which has in its center a fir tree with a unique shape, the Monastery Caraiman is an orthodox monastery, founded in 1998 at the initiative of Father Gherontie Puiu. The Heroes' Cross erected on Caraiman Peak seems to guard the path which leads the steps of the pilgrims towards the monastery. In 2010 the monastic settlement was raised from the rank of skete, to the rank of the monastery.

The monastery has two church: a wooden one, inspired by the architecture of the churches of Maramureş, built between 1998 and 2001, and dedicated to the Assumption, and a larger one, from brick, with three steeples, built between 2002 to 2007 and dedicated to the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The last has a porch with columns, from where can be seen in the opposite side of the court the bell tower, bordered by cells.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the third set of a very extensive series, entitled Romanian Pottery, about which I wrote here.

Sender: Dănuţ Ivănescu
Sent from Buşteni (Prahova / Romania), on 08.09.2011 

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