The Strehaia Monastery is situated in the city of Strehaia, Mehedinti county. It was built by Matei Basarab, the Valachian ruler, somewhere around mid 17th century, year 1645.
The monastery complex is comprised of an entrance tower, fortified defensive walls and the ruins of the old ruler residence. The complex is a historic monument, protected by the law. The Monastery is unique in Romania, because its church has the altar oriented to the south. According to the legend, Mihai Viteazul, the Valachian ruler, who was born in Strehaia, built the first church of the monastery. He worked to build the old church at night and misoriented the altar to the south. Matei Basarab kept the same orientation of the altar when he built the monastery.
The Strehaia Monastery is dedicated to ”The Holy Trinity”.
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