Monastery / Church
The Coşuna Monastery is located in Craiova and is one of the most important buildings, visited by hundreds of tourists daily. The Coşuna Monastery is the oldest worship building in Craiova, that the authorities managed to conserve quite well. Only the church was preserved, the surrounding buildings of the monastery were completely destroyed by fires, earthquakes and floods.
Building the monastery required using resilient materials, such as stone and brick.
Combining the Byzantine elements and the traditional Romanian ones creates a totally unique architecture, that draws the admiration of the visitors.
The Cosuna monastery was built on December 3, 1572, according to a documentary attestation.
Another documentary attestation is that it was built in 1483.
Cosuna Monastery - Bucovatul Vechi (Old Bucovat) was erected in 1483, and the church was built between 1506-1512.
The current church dates back to 1572, from the time of the reign of Prince Alexandru II Mircea, when the boyar Stefan and his son, Parvu, built it under the patronage of Saint Hierarch Nicholas.
The initial name of the monastery is "Coşuna", as it appears in a document belonging to Eftimie, the metropolitan bishop of Wallachia (January 1574) and in a document of voivode Michael the Brave (February 1574).
This name comes either from the Slavic word meaning "grassland," or from a Latin word meaning "fable", or from the fact that here used to descend people from the mountains, who made traditional woven baskets.