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« on: February 09, 2014, 04:18:00 AM »
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 It still snows here
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 02:06:24 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 03:12:43 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 03:18:33 AM »
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Winter makes my life unpleasant...
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014, 03:43:31 AM »
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Is it a beginning of a new road trip?
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 05:28:32 AM »
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Is it a beginning of a new road trip?

I don't know yet,may be a short one.Thank You as usually!
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 12:22:30 PM »
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So,looking for a good weather and sun I found this picture.Mihai Cantacuzino(Michael Kantakouzenos),a prince from Byzantine Emperors' family   was one of the high officials of the Lord of Wallachia.He was high steward(stolnic) and spatharus(cavalry commander and sword of the lord bearer).
In 1690 he visited,with her mother,The Holy Land and St.Catherine Monastery from Sinai Mountain.At that time these territories were under the Ottomans.For Wallachia were hard times- Russia on its right and Austria,which took Belgrade several times,on the left-.  Michael being a very rich man, from lord's family, his dignities were"on paper" only,like today. That could be an explanation for his walk,far from the country,in those conditions.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2014, 12:18:44 PM »
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After he arrived at home,Michael begun to look for a place in South Carpathian  Mountains to build a monastery
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2014, 03:46:52 PM »
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St.Catherine was a young Egyptian girl who at the age of 14 became christian.In 307 AD she was tortured and beheaded by the  men of the Roman Emperor Maxentius( few years after he drowned into the river Tiber).
400 years later the monks from the monastery of Transfiguration found her corpse on the highest peak of the  Mount Sinai and buried it into the church. After that the name of the monastery was changed into St.Catherine's.
Touched by the fate of that young girl,Michael named "Sinaia" the monastery he raised,in1694, here, in Wallachia.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2014, 05:51:17 AM »
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So, now we know where Sina´ [in the title of the thread] comes from!
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2014, 03:04:44 AM »
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So, now we know where Sina´ [in the title of the thread] comes from!
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2014, 03:09:42 AM »
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Although the monastery has a wall around, there were many robberies upon it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2014, 01:57:45 AM »
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Over the entrance it is written : "Lord,bless You our arrivals and departures".
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2014, 04:24:37 AM »
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Definitely any religious place is an attractive point.Over the time,around the monastery it was organized a laic  life.
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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2014, 10:57:00 PM »
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More and more believers and monks came here so around 1846 a new church was built
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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2014, 12:24:22 PM »
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At the beginning of 19th c. Danubian Principalities were under Ottoman and Russian administration,as a result of the numerous wars between the two empires.In such conditions many secret groups working,more or less in their souls only,for the independence of Wallachia and Moldavia,flourished.
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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2014, 02:38:49 AM »
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A minor result of those groups of interests could be observed on the church where are more kinds of crosses Greek,Latin and Slavic(that from the tower)
In fact, much more courage was when Michael raised,on the old church-you have seen before-The cross of Stephen The Great( Lord of Moldavia  between 1453 and 1504)which was a Latin cross thrust into a half-moon(Crescent).
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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2014, 03:15:06 PM »
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When Carol I,King of Romania,decided to build,in 1873,a castle in the neighbourhood of the monastery,the seclusion of this place begun to decrease.Step by step that small village around changed its face into a mountain resort of the highlife and a few are the things which remind the past times.
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2014, 12:27:08 PM »
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When present times look like that,the past times melancholy increases.
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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2014, 12:52:04 PM »
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My favourite is the almost black image with the blurred monk in it (I guess its a monk).
Really appreciate your unusual processing of some of the images.
Definitely something original, I really enjoy that.
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