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  Domnita Balasa Church - the entrance
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  • Domnita Balasa Church - the original chapel site - Bucharest
      Domnita Balasa Church - the original chapel site
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Domnita Balasa Church was built in Neo-Romanian style in 1881-1888, replacing the original one built by Constantin Brancoveanu?s daughter (Lady Balasa, hence the name of the church) in 1751, because it almost collapsed during the 1838 earthquake. During the first half of the 20th century the church used to be the host for Bucharest?s high society. Near the church one can see the statue of Lady Balasa, while inside there is her grave. The church was built of apparent brick layers that alternate with plaster layers imitating stone. The church yard hosts the statue of Lady Balasa, made by Karl Storck in 1881 (it might be an introduction leading one to Storck House, see my special tip for that). Next to the church entrance there is a small monument in shape of a church; it is there that the original 1744 chapel lay.

Address: 1 Calea Rahovei
Directions: Looking at the Palace of Justice, turn left towards Unirea Square and take the first street to the right, right after the palace. The church lies to your left, in a fir tree garden.

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  • Written Jan 2, 2008
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