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Prislop Monasery

February 24, 2012

A short drive from Hunedoara Castle, past the Gypsy village and across the rolling countryside you will find Prislop Monastery.

The monastery dating back to the 14th Century is still occupied by nuns and priests of the Romanian Orthodox Church and services are still held in the monastery chapel.

Prislop is a very special place of pilgrimage for Romanians and visitors alike. Entrance is free, but it is normal to leave a small donation at the kiosk, where you may also buy a guide and postcards, but please don’t expect anyone to speak to you as many have taken a vow of silence.

The monastery is famed locally for many miracles, one of which is its cave, which you can enter by taking a long walk up the hill past the beautiful burial garden, through the forest and down the rickety staircase. Whilst you are doing this, think about Saint John who is known as Ioan the Hermit who it is believed lived in this cave in isolation for twenty years and before the staircase was installed.

Ladies if you are visiting, be prepared to wear a long grey wraparound skirt if you are wearing trousers, shorts or a skirt above the knees, gentlemen trousers only or you might get to wear one too!

It is definitely worth a visit and whether you feel stressed or not when you enter, when you leave you feel very, very relaxed.

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