Archdiocese of Argeș and Muscel

The Archdiocese of Argeș and Muscel (Romanian: Arhiepiscopia Argeșului și Muscelului) is a diocese of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Its see is the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral in Curtea de Argeș and its ecclesiastical territory covers Argeș County. The archdiocese forms part of the Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrudja.[1]

Cathedral of Curtea de Argeș, the seat of the Archdiocese of Argeș and Muscel

The institution traces its beginnings to the old Metropolis of Ungro-Wallachia,[1] which moved to Târgoviște in 1517.[2] A Diocese of Argeș was established in 1793, covering the counties of Argeș and Olt. Its most prominent bishop was probably the first, losif, who reigned until 1820; he translated and published numerous liturgical books. The diocese was disbanded in 1949, early in the communist regime,[3] and merged into the Râmnic Diocese.[4] It was revived in 1990, following the Romanian Revolution,[1] and elevated to the rank of archdiocese in 2009.[5]


The following men have served as bishop at Argeș since 1793:[6]


  1. ^ a b c (in Romanian) "Mitropolia Munteniei și Dobrogei" Archived 2017-01-10 at the Wayback Machine, at the Ministry of Culture and National Patrimony, Under-Secretariat for Culture and Religious Affairs
  2. ^ Mircea Păcurariu, Istoria Bisericii Ortodoxe Române, vol. I, p. 445. Bucharest: Editura Institutului Biblic și de Misiune al Bisericii Ortodoxe Române, 1991, ISBN 978-973-9130-08-0
  3. ^ Mircea Păcurariu, Istoria bisericii ortodoxe române: Manual pentru Seminariile teologice, p. 231. Bucharest: Tipografia Eparhiala, 1972
  4. ^ Emil Lăzărescu, Biserica mǎnǎstirii Argeșului, p. 12. Bucharest: Editura Meridiane, 1967
  5. ^ (in Romanian) "Retrospectiva anului 2009, în Muscel", Evenimentul Muscelean, December 29, 2009
  6. ^ (in Romanian) George Aniculoaie, "Episcopia Argeșului și Muscelului", Lumina, September 26, 2009

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