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Hîrbovăț Monastery
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30 mm diameter, 16.5 g, 92.5% silver, flat edge
denomination "50 LEI", year 2000, circular inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA" and the coat of arms of the Republic of Moldavia
circular inscription "MĂNĂSTIREA HÎRBOVĂȚ" meaning "HÎRBOVĂȚ MONASTERY" and an image of the monastery with both churches: at left, the church dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin, at right, the church of the Pentecost

This impressive set comprising 20 coins was struck at the Czech Mint, having a maximum mintage of 1000 pieces.

About the monastery of Hîrbovăț

Founded at 1730 by boyar Constantin Carpuz (or Carbuz), the monk monastery is placed in the Hîrbovăț village, in the raion of Călărași. The oldest church of the monastery was dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin, having been rebuilt in 1816. The monastery was closed in 1962, being transformed into a school for chidren with disabilities. Another church, dedicated to the Pentecost (descent of the Holy Spirit upon Apostles) was transformed by the communists into a club, then, into a stable. The cloistral life was resumed in 1992, later the churches being restored.

On the coin the Pentecost church is represented - the one having five towers, at right - and the church of the Dormition of the Virgin, at left.

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