Sunday, 11 April 2010

Wall paintings in Arbanassi


Here in the Church of SS Michael and Gabriel in Arbanassi a couple of miles from Veliko Tarnovo which in turn is 2 hours 20 minutes by car from the centre of Bucharest some say the body of Constantin Brancoveanu is buried (not the head which is buried in St George's Church near km 0 Bucharest). Geo surmised that it was beginning to smell badly on the ride back from Constantinople. The man who looks after the church only knew the story that Brancoveanu's son is buried there but this too is not certain. In any case the church has sublime wall-paintings which I preferred to the ones at the more famous Church of the Nativity and which are reminiscent of the monasteries of the Bucovina.

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