Mãnãstirea Igriș

Also known as Igris Abbey

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Sânpetru Mare, Timiș, 307385 Romania
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Igris Cistercian Abbey (Egresi Apátság), Sânpetru Mare, Timis, Romania, was founded in 1179, by Agnés de Châtillon, the first wife of King Béla III, King of Hungary, both of whom were buried here, as were their son, Andras II, King of Hungary and his wife, Yolande de Courtenay. It had the first library in Romania.
The monastery was destroyed during the Tatar invasion in 1241, as described by a monk of the monastery, Rogerius: "De destructione Nove-uille et monasterii de Egres. Uersus Orodinum et Chandinum procedere inceperunt, in medio eorum, Noua-uilli dimissa, nomen cuius Pereg fuerat, in qua homines septuaginta uillarum fuerant congregati, et dimisso monasterio Egres Cisterciensis ordinis, in quod tanquam munitum castrum se milites et multe domine receperant. Nec Tartari loca illa aggredi uoluerunt, quousque circumcirca esset terra totaliter desolata. (...) Tartari uero retro post omnes stantes, ridebat de casu et ruina illorum, et retrocedentes a pugna suorum, dabant quamplurimos uoragini gladiorum, ita quod ipsis diebus et noctibus, pugnantibus per unam septimanam, et fossatis impletis ceperunt uillam.” —Magister Rogerius, Carmen miserabile."
Rebuilt in 1247, ruined again by the Kumans about 1280, the abbey and the tombs were demolished by the Turks in 1526. Traces monastery were identified in the western part of the village Igris.

GPS Coordinates: 46.1113890, 20.7836110

  • Added: 17 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2465905