Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos)

#7 in Best Things To Do in Bucharest
Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos) picture
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Key Info

Str. Stavropoleos nr.4

Price & Hours



Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Built in 1724, the Stavropoleos Church is the only surviving portion of the original monastery by the same name. The adjacent 18th-century buildings were intentionally demolished or razed by earthquakes over the past two centuries. Squeezed into the center of Bucharest, Stavropoleos retains its connection to Byzantine traditions through its choral style and collection of Byzantine music books. At this Eastern Orthodox church, nuns restore ancient texts and sacred objects that the monastery discovers and collects.

As this is a functioning house of worship, be particularly attentive to observed customs, and remember to dress conservatively. When inside, note the intricate ornamentation and frescoes characteristic of 18th-century ecclesiastical architecture in Eastern Europe. One Virtual Tourist user says: "Although tiny, every little detail is worth looking at: the richly adorned columns of the porch, the exterior paintings and carvings, the wooden door. I think it's impossible to visit churches like Stavropoleos and not be moved in some way."

You can enter the Stavropoleos Church for free, though donations are appreciated. It's open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., but closed to visitors for religious services and occasional renovations. The worship schedule is posted on the official website.

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