Monday, March 27, 2017

Suzana Monastery...

Suzana Monastery is located on Teleajenului Valley, at a distance of 40 km from the city Valenii de Munte and 14 km from the city Maneciu, in a splendid natural environment.

In 1740, a faithful believer from Sacele Brasov, named Suzana Arsicu, built a beams church. After a century, the wooden church that was dedicated to St. Nicholas, because of bad times, has come to be unusable and was changed in 1840 with another church, built of stone at the initiative of Bishop Chesarie of Buzau and the believers, with the Superior, Sister Suzana Albulet. But this church lasted only 40 years, being devastated in the earthquake in 1838.

In 1880 was initiated the construction of the current church wall (the second of the Ascension monastery). The construction was completed on July 25, 1882 and is dedicated to "St. Nicholas", as confirmed by the inscription. 
In 1971 a fire which occurred in November and devastated the small church which as built in 1911, the tower and the abbey.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar...

Santa Maria del Mar is an imposing church in the Ribera district of Barcelona, Spain, built between 1329 and 1383 at the height of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that is very unusual in large medieval buildings.

The first mention of a church of Santa Maria by the sea dates from 998.It is of the basilica type, with its three aisles forming a single space with no transepts and no architectural boundary between nave and presbytery. The simple ribbed vault is supported on slender octagonal columns, and abundant daylight streams in through the tall clerestorey windows.

Some interesting stained-glass windows have survived from various periods.The spacing of the columns is the widest of any Gothic church in Europe—about forty-three feet apart, center to center.The church has a serious claim to have the slenderest stone built columns in the world.