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Publications Journal „Tyragetia"   vol. I [XVI], nr. 2

Influence of the Holy Mount Athos on the spiritual and cultural life of Moldova
ISSN 1857-0240
E-ISSN 2537-6330

Influence of the Holy Mount Athos on the spiritual and cultural life of Moldova

Tyragetia, serie nouă, vol. I [XVI], nr. 2, Istorie. Muzeologie Chișinău, 2007

The Holy Mount Athos was and remains an important spiritual centre of the Orthodox world, a place where „islands of sedateness and calmness, prayer, feast and ascetism flourish”, nicknamed as a „Mecca of Christians”. In the Middle Ages the Mount Athos contributed much to the spiritual and cultural life of Moldova. In particular this influence is detectable in ecclesiastical architecture, iconography, frescos, etc. After short visits to the Mount Athos Moldavian monks came back to Moldova where they founded or reorganized monastic life according to the rules of the Mount Athos. The Mount Athos style had a strong influence on the educational activity of Moldavian monasteries and on the monks who lived there. Thus, following the tradition of the Holy Mount, libraries were founded in monastic communities, and their scriptoria produced copies of ancient manuscripts and Christian books. This allowed collecting and preserving valuable historical and cultural documents, monuments of literature and art. It is very important that the Moldavian monks have brought home from the Holy Mount the doctrine of Hesychasm. Following the example of their Mount Athos counterparts they established communities in forests and mountains, which became centres of devotion, ascetism, and Hesychasm.



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Bessarabia and MASSR between the Two World Wars
Bessarabia and Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in the Period between the Two World Wars
Revival of National Movement
Time of Reforms and their Consequences
Abolition of Autonomy. Bessarabia – a New Tsarist Colony
Period of Relative Autonomy of Bessarabia within the Russian Empire
Phanariot Regime
Golden Age of the Romanian Culture
Struggle for Maintaining of Independence of Moldova
Formation of Independent Medieval State of Moldova
Era of the
Great Nomad Migrations
Early Middle Ages
Iron Age and Antiquity
Bronze Age
Aeneolithic Age
Neolithic Age
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