The Bucur Church (also referred to as the Church of Bucur the Shepherd) is one of the most controversial places of worship in Bucharest. The debates focus chiefly on the moment the church was built and on its founder. Thus, the church draws attention not necessarily by its architectural qualities (white walls, wooden columns, rusticated porch), but by the legends its name gave rise to.

Briefly put, the story goes the edifice was built by the legendary founder of the city of Bucharest, Bucur, in which case the consequences entailed by this version state that this is one of the oldest places of worship in Bucharest. Such hypotheses are sustained by sundry direct or indirect sources which, at their turn, speculate a range of oral traditions or written references. Dimitrie Papazoglu, Blasius Kleiner, Nicolae Iorga and Marcel Dumitru Ciuca are some of the figures who maintain or at least allow for this version.

Others, on the other hand, state on the basis of sundry engravings that the Bucur Church was built no sooner than the 17th century, as chapel of the Radu Vodă Monastery of which, at present, the church is separated by a street. Yet other researchers and historians maintain the church was founded by Mircea the Elder (Mircea cel Bătrân) somewhere around the year 1416.

Regardless of such controversies, what is certain is the first historical reference is made by a mid 19th century map which documents the existence of the church between 1844 and 1846. The church has been declared a historical monument.

Bucur Church (Biserica Bucur / Biserica Bucur Ciobanul)
33, Strada Radu Vodă, Bucharest, Romania
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