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Newsletter Manastirea Partos

The Chapel is the only STANDING building of the monastery before the year 1750. It's the ascetic practices place of the monks of yore, but also one in which St Joseph the New of Partos labored and served  after he willingly retired to this monastery in the year 1653.

The edifice dates from around  the 1600s, if not sooner. With its modest appearance, it presents a typical base plan seen at old ship –type churches , ending in a semicircle to the East-the place of the altar. The exterior has 10.44 6.80 meters in length, a width of 6.80 meters and a height of 5.47 meters including the roof. The roof, extending southward, rests on the pillars of sessile oak, forming a shelter along the entire length, which opens the only entrance to the chapel. The interior impresses through semi-darkness while light penetrates the six 10 cm wide and 70 cm tall windows. The  old doors and the Holy Cross of the crucifixion were preserved on the iconostasis.

The chapel houses the tomb of St Joseph the New currently covered by a massive marble plaque placed by Bishop Vasile Lazarescu following the move of St. Josephs relics to the Metropolitan Cathedral, in 1956, on the occasion of his canonization.

The tomb is watched over by the oldest painting of the Saint, which displays him dressed in bishop's toggery, speaking in prayer with the Virgin Mary, painted in the year 1782, not even 100 years after his departure for the heavenly places. This icon was painted by the monk Stephen Bogoslovici and given to the monastery by the archpriest from Jebel, Ioan Șuboni.

The small church does not retain traces of mural painting. It is beautiful, intimate, warm and at the same time sober and austere, dispatching to  the centuries of ascetic practices of the monks of yore.  Its patron, confirmed both by placing the icon in the appointed place in 1740, and also by old texts, has been always Michael the Archangel, celebrated on September 6th.

The edifice, including St Joseph the New's Tomb, is the heart of the whole monastic ensemble,  as well as the central landmark of the piety of the faithful who come here to meet God in the sacrament of the Holy Hierarch Joseph the New.