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The prestigious Lonely Planet travel publisher qualifies it as the most beautiful church in Bucharest, even though the Romanian capital, especially in its historic center, has a host of first-rate churches.

Stavropoleos, in fact, is tiny, to the point that it is difficult to understand how so much art and so much beauty can be condensed there.

Its name is a Romanian derivation of the Greek stauropolis, which means "the city of the cross."

The original church dates from 1724, but at the end of the 19th century it was in such a sorry condition that it was even proposed to demolish it. Fortunately, it did not go so far: Ion Mincu, a famous Romanian architect who had studied in France and shared the ideas of Violet-le-Duc (who also inspired the restoration of San Mart璯 de Fr鏔ista), began some restoration and reconstruction work that gave as a result the church we know today.

In the tiny space adjacent to the church, Mincu added a small but beautiful courtyard, which, like a cloister open on one side - the one facing the street - blends in harmoniously with the rest of the building.

The rich carved stone decorations, which adorn both the pillars and the window frames, the fine fa蓷de, the colorful exterior murals are an impressive testimony to the br滱covenesc style that flourished in Romania in the 18th century, an eclectic mix with Renaissance influences , Baroque, Byzantine and Islamic (during its construction Romania belonged politically to the Ottoman Empire).

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La prestigiosa editorial de viajes Lonely Planet la califica como la iglesia m嫳 bonita de Bucarest, y eso que la capital de Ruman燰, especialmente en su centro hist鏎ico, cuenta con una pl懅ade de iglesias de primera magnitud.

Stavropoleos, en realidad, es diminuta, hasta el punto que cuesta entender c鏔o se puede condensar all tanto arte y tanta belleza.

Su nombre es una derivaci鏮 rumana del griego stauropolis, que significa la ciudad de la cruz.

La iglesia original data del a隳 1724, pero a finales del siglo XIX estaba en una condici鏮 tan lamentable que se lleg a proponer su demolici鏮. Afortunadamente no se lleg a tanto: Ion Mincu, famoso arquitecto rumano que hab燰 estudiado en Francia y compart燰 las ideas de Violet-le-Duc (quien tambi幯 inspir la restauraci鏮 de San Mart璯 de Fr鏔ista), inici unas labores de restauraci鏮 y reconstrucci鏮 que dieron como resultado la iglesia que conocemos hoy.

En el diminuto espacio adyacente a la iglesia, Mincu a鎙di un peque隳 pero bell疄imo patio, que a modo de claustro abierto por uno de sus lados el que da a la calle se integra arm鏮icamente con el resto del edificio.

Las ricas decoraciones talladas en piedra, que adornan tanto los pilares como los marcos de la ventanas, la fin疄ima fachada, los coloridos murales exteriores son un testimonio impresionante de el estilo br滱covenesc que floreci el Ruman燰 en el siglo XVIII, una mezcla ecl嶰tica con influencias renacentistas, barrocas, bizantinas e isl嫥icas (durante su construcci鏮 Ruman燰 pertenec燰 pol癃icamente al Imperio Otomano).

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