BRÂNCOVEANU CULTURAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION
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.