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The monastery was constructed between 1364 and 1370 by the Venerable Nicodim from Tismana and by Vladislav I Voivode (Vlaicu Voda), the ruler of Wallachia, who undertook to pay for its construction. It was an autonomous monastery, and was granted the right to own goods and lands, and became a strong centre for the Orthodox Church.
Radu cel Mare Voivode financed its restoration in 1500, and Cornea Brailoiu financed its subsequent restoration in the year 1689; yet, following this last enterprise, the establishment unfortunately remained in a state of total dereliction for a very long time – since there were no further attempts to preserve it for over three centuries.
After the Austrian-Turkish war, ended with the peace at Passarovitz in 1718, Vodita Monastery knew a new period of decline. It is only mentioned on the map drawn by Samuelis Koleseri in 1720.
On the 5th of September 1891, the Bishop Gheradie of Ramnic visited Vodita and described the remains of the monastery. Of the church there remained only a few walls, and of the nearby monks' cells, only the foundations remained.
In 1990 the monastery was reopened, when there was initiated work on restoring the old holy establishment precisely as it had been initially designed.
A group of monastic cells has been constructed and a new church, erected of wood in the tradition of the Maramures style, was also constructed. The church was consecrated in 2001.
Text: adapted from http://www.romanian-monasteries.go.ro/mehedinti/vodita.htm and http://www.geocities.com/mbobbymro/Vodita_en.html
Headstone at Vodita Monastery,
The pattern on the headstone is that which generations of schoolchildren have drawn with compasses as a first exercise when studying the use of compasses and constructions.
Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 2006
Alexis Project Filiasi/Romania
RC J/263/230/2007 CIF 21464151
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