Saturday, June 25, 2011

St. Hierarch Nicolae Church, Moldova

I really wanted to join Beth (with a really catchy and interesting blog title, 'The Best Hearts Are Crunchy') in her Postcard Friendship Friday but my broadband connection has been too slow and I kept on being kicked out from the net. Since just a few hours have passed since Friday, I wish this post would still qualify...

The postcard is a direct swap Moldova. The sender's name is Kate and she said it's her first time to mail a postcard to the Philippines. Hurray for her and I am really glad that I am the one who received her first card to Las Islas Filipinas.

More to my delight is this picture of a cute and white church on a seemingly summer day in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. I bet my grandmoms would be equally delighted if I can tour them here! (Too bad I am not yet capable in fulfilling that wish.) I came from a devout Roman Catholic background from both sides of the family and my aguelas, Victorina and Editha are both devotees to the Virgin Mary. This church belongs to Eastern Orthodoxy but it is still a very pretty Catholic church!

The captions confused me at first but after some research, I learned that the church pictured here is only a part of a bigger structure, Capriana Monastery. Hence, the caption at the bottom of the postcard. Capriana Monastery was built in 1429 and is one of the oldest in Moldova. The church in the picture is from 1903. 

Republica Moldova can be found between Romania and Ukraine, check out the red mark on the map below:

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  1. That is such a cool postcard--what a darling building. I'm so glad you were able to post for PFF--thank you, my dear. I really enjoyed this post. Happy PFF!

  2. I love it when cards arrive from small countries I don't know well, and this one is especially beautiful. Lucky you. :)

  3. By the way--thank you for your comment about the title of my Ephemera blog! You made my day!

  4. Oh this looks very much like a Russian church near where I live.

    Just imagine what it will look like when the trees have grown.

  5. it's a beautiful card. i love postcard of places of worship, too! thanks for showing us where Moldova is. :)

  6. You have an interesting postcard and thanks for little history about it. That's a nice postcard you got. My PFF Entry is up. Come visit me some time. Thanks!

  7. Lovely postcard and I got a geography lesson, too! Happy PFF!

  8. Interesting. looks like our postcard are just in neighboring country

  9. I have a colleague from Moldova and I was very surprised when she gave me a scapular of the Virgin Mary! I never thought that this Eastern European country shares the same devotion to Mama Mary with us. Beautiful church, too, and I wonder how it is like in the inside. Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

  10. @Beth: and thanks to you for hosting PFF. :)

    @Shiela: Before, I thought that Moldova is a part of France! :P

    @Tattered & Lost: Yeah...I wonder abt that too. Perhaps the church would have a mystical feel about it...being surrounded by large trees...

    @Postcard Journeys & Snap: You're welcome!

    @Hazel: You're welcome too! And Yep, I went to visit your page. :)

    @Mama ko: Yep they are. On top of Moldova is Ukraine and NW of Ukraine is Poland! I am loving world geo! Hehe. :)

    @Postcards Crossing: Aww...yeah, now that makes me curious of what's in the inside too..happy weekdays ahead!


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