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There is no real future without preserving our history and our culture. ~ Dan Tarnoveanu
Cozia Monastery
Cozia Monastery
Calciulata, Vilcea County, Romania

Cozia Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Romania, located on Olt Valley in the Carpathian Mountains.  It is a magnificent monastic complex, comprised of the main church, three chapels, and the monks' cells.  Cozia was built by Mircea cel Batrin (Mircea the Elder) in 1386.  The interior of the Main church was decorated with Byzantine style fresco paintings.

Fresco is an ancient very durable technique consisting of painting on wet lime plaster that has been reinforced with organic fibers such as: hemp and horse hair.

The frescoes from the naos (central nave) and the central apse (altar) date from 1386 They are 123 years older than the frescoes painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.   The pronaos (columnated portico) and its frescoed decoration date from late 17th Century.

Dan Tarnoveanu was a member of a team of architects and art conservators, led by Viorel Grimalski and Ion Neagoe, under the direction of Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate.  This team of experts performed the restoration of the main church between 1984 and 1986.


Restoration consisted of: 

  • Consolidation of the lime plaster layers that had become detached from the masonry walls and filling the missing areas of plaster support with lime plaster compound.
  • Consolidation of flaking and delaminating paint
  • Cleaning
  • Inpainting (reintegrating the image) using painting materials compatible with fresco painting.

The restoration project was completed in 1986, during Cozia's anniversary of six centuries of existence.



Exterior View of the Monastery


Exterior View of the Main Church



BEFORE RESTORATION



DURING RESTORATION

       

AFTER RESTORATION





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