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Preservation versus decay

Ciuflea Monastery, Chisinau, Moldova, July 2019


This blue beauty, in central Chisinau, is a Moldovan Orthodox monastery dedicated to Saint Theodore of Amasea and consecrated in 1858.

During the country’s time as the Moldavian SSR, this building stepped in as cathedral when the Nativity Cathedral was closed and converted to an exhibition hall. It became the monastery it is now in 2002.

The image above shows the traditional church, in colourful contrast with the former Intourist hotel, the Național, which hovers over its shoulder. The Soviet era hotel is now deserted and in poor condition – clearly lacking the care that the monastery now receives. There is at least one organisation trying to ensure the renovation of the Soviet building but at the moment its main fans seem to be the homeless.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 November 2019

Posted as part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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