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„Saint Gheorghe” Church-Mirăuți


GPS (47.646778106689; 26.266746520996)
district Suceava
region Suceava
locality Suceava
category Religious attractions
year 1390
ethnic Romanians


”St George” Church from Suceava, also known as Mirăuși Church, is an orthodox church built in the XIVth century and then rebuilt in the XVIIth century. It is dedicated to St George, which is celebrated each year on April 23. Mirăuți church is considered by some researchers as being one of the oldest churches of Moldavia. The technical similarities in masonry and the presence of enameled bricks, similar with those found in the Throne Fortress of Suceava, bring to the conclusion that it was built during the reign of Petru I Mușat (1375-1391). The church is ample (19x12,5 m), compared to other places of worship of that time. It was built in Romanic style, with thick and massive walls, with no lateral apses and counterforts and it is assumed that it had an inscribed greek corss structure, of complex type. Regarding its size, it is assumed that it does not exceed half of the gross building area of the current church. In 1402, the voivode Alexander the Good brought to the White Fortress and placed here the relics of St John the New in a silver tabernacle and, at the same time, this place of worship was used as the headquarters for the Old Mitropoly, being known today as the Old Mitropoly. The church was Moldavia's Metropolitan Cathedral, until the new church with its dedication day on St John the New was built (1514-1522). The name of Mirauti comes from the fact that the princes of Moldavia were anointed, before being installed. Here, Stephen the Great was anointed as prince of Moldavia. The church was rebuilt and restored several times due to the repeted damage suffered over time. The most important restoration action took place between the years 1898 and 1902 under the leadership of the Austrian architect K. A. Romstorfer. Upon the restoration that took place between the years 1996 and 1997, the graves of Petru I Musat and Mrs Evdochia of Kiev (Stephen the Great's first wife) were found.