One of the most known and most important orthodox pilgrimage locations, due to Arsenia Boca, the Prislop monastery is located near Silvașu de Sus. The Church dates back to the 16th century and is declared a historical monument. Despite its size, specialists consider it to be one of the most important orthodox churches in Transilvania.

Rebuilt by a lady from Țara Românească

Some claim that the first Prislop monastery was built by Nicodim from Tismana, then building the other ones which specialists say that occurred years later. It seems that the lands the monastery is situated in belonged to a family of nobles called Ciula but there are no exact records that mention the ownership. Nicodim’s Gospel, however, bears an inscription which states that it was written in Țara Ungurească between 1404 and 1405.

Zamfira, daughter of the Moise voivode

After crumbling to ruins in the 16th century, the monastery is rebuilt in 1564 by Zamfire, daughter of Moise voivode from Țara Românească. It is said that the young one ended up here after her father was killed in battle. Wikipedia says that she built the monastery to save her soul because she had multiple marriages with unorthodox nobles. Her funerary stone remained intact until this day.

Saint Joan takes the yoke of Christ

A priest school was founded a century later in the name of Saint Joan from Prislop. The story of Joan, who lived by himself in a cave near the Prislop Monastery, can be found out from the monk Efrem.

Monastery and orthodox theologic school

After the 18th century, the monastery becomes a catholic one. It will revert to orthodoxy in 1948. Arsenie Boca becomes the monastery’s abbot, who is now considered to be a saint. After becoming a monastery for nuns, Arsenie Boca remained there as a spiritual adviser until 1959 when communists emptied the area and Forced Arsenie Boca to live in Bucharest. In 1975 the church and monastery will be back to their initial destination, where a new community of nuns was accepted to live there. The theologic seminar called Sain Ecaterina was later built in 1991 for anyone who decides to pursue theological courses.

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