Pearl Moldavian Codru - a monastery Curci.
The black haze of night did not surrender even before moon light. The wind was confused in crones of trees, someone the woken birds sometimes screamed. Some person roads have hidden in bushes lengthways. They waited to steam of the late travellers who have already seemed behind turn. More close, more close … Sudden blow, falling, hasty hands rummage around pockets. Extraction is rather poor. Iordace Curci, the daring leader of gang, overturns bodies and sees the persons of the parents deformed by a fright. The horror from содеянного ice fingers covers his soul.
It only a legend, however, rather plausibly describing circumstances of origin of a monastery Curci in the heart Moldavian Codru. Iordace Curci not only has repented of a guilty life, but also has constructed on the earths wooden church in honour of great martyr Dmitry. On its stops the gang part has followed also. Together they have based a monastery which began to be called as a monastery Curci later. Monastery origin carry to 1773. At this particular time there has been begun building of the first church, and then building of two terraces, top and bottom of which the monastery farmstead consisted has begun. On perimetre the monastery was protected by a stone wall with towers on corners, it was adjoined almost by cells of brothers, economic constructions, настоятельские rooms. Since 1810 the monastery became a monastery.
In a monastery three temples, one of them, a cathedral in honour of Christmas Пресвятой of the Virgin, is practically exact copy of the Kiev temple of Andrey Pervozvannogo constructed under drawings of Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The cathedral represents an octahedron surrounded with acting altar, side-altars and small притворами. All construction got married the central dome and four domes less. This cathedral on grandeur and beauty can be compared only to a temple of the Kitskansky monastery, others such in Moldova are not present.
The winter church in honour of sacred great martyr Dmitry - the oldest in a monastery, is according to some information constructed in 1844 in the Neobyzantian style. In all temples amazing acoustics, and voices of the monks singing during service, envelop from different directions, bewitch and force to forget about external world vanity.
Once the monastery Curci was one of the richest Moldavian monasteries, since 1868 it even became residence Belgorod - the Dnestrovsky bishop, has received the status архиерейского. By this time the number of monks and novices has reached two hundreds, the monastery owned huge grounds, the most part from which has been covered by woods. Monks did amazing wine, kvass, dried fruits, were able to keep freshness of the caught fish about one year. Archival records assert, that the part of production of a monastery arrived on an imperial table in St.-Petersburg. Caring about material, насельники did not forget and about a shower. Already with 1812 at a monastery country children were trained in the reading and writing, and monastic трапезные daily fed to 300 persons - orphaned and poor peasants requiring the help and travellers.
The monastery Curci, as well as other Moldavian monasteries, has been closed in 1958 by order of the new power. Was considered, that the God is not necessary to the Soviet person, enough decisions of Party. A monastery have converted in a psychiatric clinic with a narcological clinic. However the pilgrimage to monastery walls proceeded, the truth, a streamlet of believers for the clear reasons became thin.
But surprising histories occurred in the former monastery. Even at monastery closing faces sacred, including the face of Sacred martyr Dmitry written on an external wall of a monastery in full growth have been covered. Whether the miracle, whether special structure of ancient paints, however a face, how many it did not cover with a paint, was gradually liberated, appeared again and again, not looking on all diligence of local house painters.
Now in a monastery restoration works at full speed are conducted. Everywhere building materials, temples are entangled by wooden woods. But it is necessary to come for a minute under the arches трапезной or into a cool of extensive cellars, to listen to stories of old monks as at once the spirit of a monastery takes away in the embraces, and any more you do not notice building sounds, you do not hear voices of workers.
By the way in a monastery there is also a museum - the exhibits testifying to a life and a life of our ancestors, has once collected, and then collector Anatoly Dragan has presented to a museum. Devices for the letter, candlesticks and irons, diverse big-bellied samovars and volumes of ancient books, splinters of ancient utensils and many other things has been transferred by the collector to storage to monks.
The third century decorates a monastery Moldavian Codru, the ringing of bells is far carried, from all neighbouring villages parishioners are flown down on service, there come tourists. At all the different reasons: belief, curiosity, interest to history. But all feel a special inclination which forces again and to come back again to walls of an ancient monastery.
photo by Valerii Corcimari