St. Anthony Church

Built in the 16th century

St. Anthony ChurchThe St. Anthony Church (also known as Church of the Annunciation) is the oldest church in Bucharest. It is located in the old city center, on the French Street.

St. Anthony Church in the 19th century
The Church in the 19th century

The church was founded in the 16th century by the romanian ruler Mircea Ciobanul, under the name Church of the Annunciation. For centuries, the church served as a place of coronation of many rulers of Romania.

In 1847, the St. Anthony Church, which was located very close to the Annunciation Church, in the St. Anthony Square, was completely destroyed by the devastating fire of Bucharest, which broke out in an opposite building. In memory of the destroyed church, the Annunciation Church got its old patron, St. Anthony.

St. Anthony Church during renovations
St. Anthony Church during renovations

Shortly after the fire, the new St. Anthony Church was renewed by the austrian architect Johann Schlatter and received a neoclassical facade. The church got its original appearance back after it was restored by the romanian architect Horia Teodoru between 1928 and 1935.

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  1. In the middle of the Old Town

    The St. Anthony Church is a beautiful old church, which is located in the oldest part of the city, next to the Old Princely Court. I literally love the brick walls of the church, they are quite enchanting, even if they are hardly seen in Bucharest.

    I can only recommend a trip to the church. My tip: Come here on Sunday morning and you assist at the Holy Mass. You must not be necessarily inside, take a seat on a bench in the little garden next to the church, thanks to the speakers outside the church you’re going to be able to hear it!

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