Densus Church, Densus

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The Densuș Church (also known as St Nicholas' Church) in the village of Densuș, Hunedoara County is the oldest stone church in Romania.
It was built in its present form in the 13th century on the site of a 2nd-century Roman temple, with some materials from the Dacian Sarmizegetusa fortress. It has a stone tower above the naos. Inside the church there are 15th century mural paintings that show Jesus wearing Romanian traditional clothes. These paintings were made by artist Ștefan. In the 18th century more paintings were added by Simion de Pitești.

From 1566 to the end of the 19th century the building functioned as a Calvinist church, too. Because of this, the paintings were lime-whited in the 16th century and its belltower has a Hungarian inscription from 1782.

According to Romanian historians, on the setting of the present-day church there was once a Dacian temple dedicated to Zamolxis, upon which the conquering Romans built a temple dedicated to the god Mars. Its present form dates from the beginning of the 12th century. Considering its antecedents, though, Densuș Church dates from the 4th century AD, and is considered the oldest church in Romania and Southeast Europe.

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  • Very nice roads until the church which is an ancient and beautiful place The person selling the candles is probably the monk monastery  more »
  • Dating from 13th century and made from stone, this is a church about I learned in highschool history class, so it was on my bucket list. It is a calm and serene place and it is called St. Nicholas...  more »
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  • Very special church, definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. Unfortunately the priest was away running errands, so we did not get the chance to go inside, but it was still interesting to see. The road going to the church is good, but there are very few parking spots available upon arrival.
  • Great church, among the oldest in Romania. The road to it is not that good but it's a must if you are into old churches and Byzantine like architecture.
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