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August 12, 2022

Constantin Brancoveanu’s remains exhumed

Upon the exhumation performed Friday, a skull and bones positioned in the shape of a cross were found in Constantin Brancoveanu’s coffin buried at the Sfantul Gheorghe Nou Church in Bucharest. Researchers have concurred “the skull belongs to a male approx. 60 years of age.” “The left parietal bone shows signs of circular perforations inflicted by a sharp object. The posterior side of the mandibular rami points to lesions caused by sharp objects,” Mihai Constantinescu said. “These findings confirm both the historical account of how the prince was murdered and the anthropological findings of Nicolae Minovici and Francisc J. Rainer dated 1932,” PhD Gheorghe Manucu-Adamesteanu, site manager and archeology expert, stated in a press conference at the Bucharest Municipality Museum – Sutu Palace, as cited by realitatea.net. According to Adamesteanu, the archeologists found three coffins each placed in a crypt on the south wing of the church nave. Marica Brancoveanu found the remains of Prince Constantin Voda Bracoveanu (r. 1688 – 1714) laid in the northern crypt of the grave as early as 1720. Prince Ioan Voda Mavrocordat (r. 1714 – 1719)’s remains, whose identity was established based on the metallic initials (I.M.) and crown accompanying the body in the coffin, were found in the adjoining crypt. Upon opening Mavrocordat’s coffin, a glass container was identified among the remains enclosing a holograph signed by Prince Constantin Voda Mavrocordat and dated May 22, 1934, which confirmed that his ancestor, Ioan Mavrocordat’s remains were in the coffin. The remains of other family members – the prince’s wife, Marica, his two daughters, the youngest son, Stefan, and another son, Mateias were identified in the third coffin. Apart from these coffins, additional remains had been laid in the crypt between the 18th and 19th centuries. Patriarchy representatives have announced that Constantin Brancoveanu’s remains will not be buried, but placed on a shrine in the church where they can be worshipped. This Wednesday, the remains are scheduled to be carried in a procession.

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