Unlike the hidden churches in Nicolae Ceaușescu’s horrible urban redevelopment project, the churches in Bucharest’s Old Town remain in the open and easy to find. There are five of note that I visited.
The oldest church in Old Town is the princely church, Biserica Sfântul Anton (Church of St. Anthony), located next to the Old Princely Court. It was built in 1559 by Mircea Ciobanul, a three time Voivode of Wallachia. He’s buried inside the church.
The most impressive building I found in the Old Town is the Stavropoleos Church. It’s an Orthodox church built in 1724 under the rule of Nicholas Mavrocordato, a Phanariot of Chian descent. This tiny church is part of a monastery that contains over 8,000 books on theology, Byzantine music, art, and history.
It’s the most beautiful church in Bucharest and has many well-preserved icons and frescoes inside and out.
Behind the National History Museum and a block south of the Stavropoleos Church is another old church, Biserica Sfântul Dumitru (St. Dimitri Church). The current church was built in 1819 but can trace its history back to the 14th century.
Nearby is the Biserica Sfântul Nicolae (St. Nicholas Church), dating back to the 17th century.