”Martisor ”church is located on the hill “Martisor” from where it gets its name. It is situated a
few hundred metres from the Memorial House “Martisor” of
Tudor Arghezi, a famous Romanian poet and MP.
The name Martisor was given to the hill from “the custom of the strangers living among
the remains of vineyards and orchards belonging to the monastery, of tying
threads of red silk, close to the buds on the tree branches on a morning of
rose-like beauty at the start of March.” (Stories from Martisor – Barutu Arghezi).
Martisor church serves the parish of Martisor. (Previously known as the parish of Vacaresti, before the hill was named and the church and
parish took on the name).
The Parish of Vacaresti
was established in 1941 by Patriarch Nicodim in 1941 for
the new district, which was formed in 1939, between the boundaries of Oltenitei Road, former Vacaresti
Monastery, Vacaresti Road,
Tudor Arghezi's name
was strongly linked with Martisor district. He
was a member of the parish council, and he originally initiated urbanisation on
The church was built on the land donated by family G. M. Alexandru Savoia and also on the land
donated by priest Mihai
The funds for the building materials of the
church were raised by official and private donations and the construction costs
were supported by the Cristescu family.
The church was built by Ilie
Constantinescu according to the design of architect
On 1-st of August 1943 the first stone of the
foundation was set and the church was completed and in use by April 1944. It was consecrated on 9-thth
of September 1944 by the Romanian Patriarch
Justinian Marina. This was the first church consecrated by Justinian
following his nomination as Patriarch.
The ensemble of the wall paintings was created by Teodorescu - Romananti.
The church is composed
of: a closed porch
(veranda), narthex with choir balcony, nave and altar, all of these forming the
shape of an ark. It measures 24 x 7 square meters with 6 metre
high walls to the cornice, and finishing with the polygonal apse of the altar.
On top of the nave and aided by pendentives, a cupola is erected, octagonal in shape with
eight elongated windows.
In its external appearance the church’s walls
are simply plastered with ground down stone. The cornice has few profiles and
the windows are ornamented with sculptures in stone. The church is supported by
a tall socle of sculptured stone.
The church suffered from a couple of incidents
(calamities), resulting in essential repair work being carried out until
October 1981 when it was re-blessed . In 1993 it was
The church was served by the following priests:
Pr. Mihai Tătărâm
(+1996), Pr. Iulian Stoicescu, Pr. Nicolae Bretan
(+1962), Professor Priest Ion Ionescu (+2007), Pr. Aurel Samoilă (+2004).
For his dedication in the realisation of construction works for
the church, priest Mihai Tataram
is considered its founder.
At present, working and serving in the church
is Parish Priest Dragos MARINEATA
together with Priest Marian-Mugurel CRACIUN.