The Colţea Church is one of the architectural monuments most representative of the Brâncoveanu style age, combining Byzantine elements with influences typical of the Romanian architecture, as well as touches which call forth the Italian Renaissance. At present, it enjoys the status of historical monument.

The edifice was originally part of a wider architectural complex which used to comprise a hospital, a tower (pulled down in 1888), three chapels and sundry adjoining structures. The church and the hospital are the only remaining buildings. The complex, the Colţea Church included, was funded by Mihai Cantacuzino, in the memory of who a statue has been erected nearby the church and the hospital. The edifice bears the name of one of the original owners of the site on which it was built.

The construction works at the church were completed in 1698, though the date of 1702 is commonly considered the moment when the church was ready for being put to use. The structure impresses by the massiveness of its thick walls and by the loggia which borders the entrance. The columns also strike by their vigor, but when it comes to the inside, the most prized artistic asset refers to the walls frescoed with works by Gheorghe Tattarescu. The collection of old icons is also worth taking into consideration, just like the rood screen lushly decorated with vegetal motifs.

Colţea Church (Biserica Colţea)
1, Blvd, I.C. Brătianu, Bucharest, Romania
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