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The Brâncovean­u Cul­tural Her­itage Ex­hi­bi­tion is cur­rently be­ing held at the Bei­jing Ro­ma­nian Cul­tural Cen­tre at 1/ F, Build­ing A, Galaxy Soho in Chaoyang District. It will run un­til Septem­ber 14.

Con­stantin Brâncovean­u (1654–1714) was Prince of Wal­lachia be­tween 1688 and 1714. As an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure in the his­tory of Ro­ma­nia, Brâncovean­u ad­vo­cated the cul­ture and be­liefs of the Ro­ma­nian na­tion. De­spite fac­ing im­mense pres­sure from the Ot­toman Em­pire, Harps­burg Em­pire and Peter the Great of Rus­sia, Brâncovean­u suc­ceeded in ad­vo­cat­ing Ro­ma­nian na­tional cul­ture and tra­di­tion and laid the foun­da­tion for to­day’s “Brâncovean­u-style cul­ture.” This cul­ture ex­erted great in­flu­ence on ed­u­ca­tion and re­li­gion. Its char­ac­ter­is­tics and in­flu­ence are re­flected in tra­di­tional build­ings, fres­coes and sculp­tures.

The ex­hi­bi­tion dis­plays fres­coes col­lected at a monastery in Ro­ma­nia dur­ing the 16th cen­tury. The monastery was re­built with sup­port from Aria Bran­cov­eanu, whom spent six years (1714–1720) at the monastery, dur­ing which Brâncovean­u was re­moved from the throne and ex­e­cuted. His corpse was sent back to his home coun­try. Ev­ery day, she walked the 3-kilo­me­tre-long path back and forth be­tween the two monas­ter­ies. That path even­tu­ally be­came known as the “Grand Duchess Road,” and the monastery she stayed at en­joyed a high rep­u­ta­tion. Many in­flu­en­tial Ro­ma­nian fig­ures safe­guarded the na­tion’s in­de­pen­dence.

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