• Subiect: The wooden church from Igoiu, Alunu, dedicated to the Pious Parascheva, is an aboriginal foundation, like most Orthodox temples of worship in Wallachia from the eighteenth century. A significant contribution to the raising of it has a clergyman, according to the inscription on the cross foundation, the Hermit Theodore. The church, dedicated to the Pious Parascheva, is constructed entirely by massive oak beams (40-50 x 10.12 x 800-1200 cm), on a stone foundation, initially produced in dry masonry technique, then repaired with lime mortar and recently with cement mortar. It has a single nave, with a simple rectangular plan and the distribution of the places of worship is the usual one: porch, narthex, nave and altar. The altar is unhooked from the nave. The whole church is paved with stone slabs from Igoiu, obliquely placed. The roof is covered with shingle of fir executed by splicing. The whole parish contributed, as usual, to the church building, and the names of the most important donors are printed on the cross foundation. The year 1752 is printed on the tombs inside the church and it represents the most plausible date of the foundation of the church. If the church were founded in 1787, as I. Popescu Cilieni claims, it would mean that the tomb, dated in 1774, had existed before and it had been incorporated into the construction of the church, which is quite unusual. Over time, the wealthiest members of the community have contributed to the maintenance and decoration of the church with religious objects, being careful to leave their name carved, for posterity, on the things they had donated, especially on the crosses and tombstones. Nowadays, the wooden church from Igoiu, is among the few "lucky", wooden foundations of the Vâlcea county, and of Romania, in general. Aware of its value, the current vicar of the Alunu village, Father Stephen Boiangiu took care of the proper storage of the church, by undertaking the necessary repairs to the foundation and the roof without causing changes or damages to the monument. Moreover, the church is again in worship, being maintained and honored as appropriate by the villagers. An almost unbelievable reality, if we think of the rapid degradation and dissolution of similar monuments in the Romanian Country.
  • Limba de redactare: română, engleză
  • Secţiunea: Etnografie
  • Vezi publicația: Buridava - Studii şi Materiale
  • Editura: Offsetcolor
  • Loc publicare: Râmnicu Vâlcea
  • Anul publicaţiei: 2009
  • Referinţă bibliografică pentru nr. revistă: VII; anul 2009
  • Paginaţia: 260-268
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