Capriana Monastery, Capriana

Căpriana monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Moldova, located in Căpriana, 40 km north-west of Chișinău.
Established in medieval Moldavia, Căpriana is situated in a picturesque forested area once called Codrii Lăpușnei.
The first significant reference dates from a document issued in 1429 that gave Căpriana the status of royal monastery on behalf of Alexander the Good. In this deed the holy abode was referred to as "mănăstirea de la Vâșnovăț unde este egumen Chiprian" (the monastery of Vâșnovăț where the hegumen is Chiprian) and was given in the possession of Alexander's wife - princess Marena.
After a period of decay, the monastery was rebuilt at the behest of Petru Rareș, from 1542 to 1545.
There are three churches on the monastery site. The Church of the Dormition (a stone summer church) is the oldest extant church in Moldova. The winter church of St George is a twentieth century building. The nineteenth century church is dedicated to St Nicholas. The Church of the Dormition contains the tomb of Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni.
Arrange to visit Capriana Monastery and other attractions in Straseni District using our Straseni District trip site.
Create an itinerary including Capriana Monastery
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Capriana Monastery Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
36 reviews
  • I went for a visit aiming to understand this hardly recommended monastic complex. Indeed, it's a great monastery, with a long and glorious history.  more »
  • Very beautiful! But you need to go with a guide, because a lot of interesting things can tell you about this very historical place. It turns out that we have so many interesting places in Moldova, it....  more »
  • The most important orthodox site from Moldova is here. Having more than 6 centuries of history it highly recommended to have a look around if you looking for a glimpse of Moldavian religious heritage
  • Amazing place with magical energy! This monastery was built in 15th century by Stephen the Great - prince of Moldova. So peaceful - makes you feel you are on another planet 🌍 Great views and unforgettable air ✨

Plan your trip to Straseni District

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Straseni District

Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Straseni District

Duration: 3 hours
Duration: 1h 30 min
Duration: 1h 30 min