Holy Trinity Icon of the Written Stone Monastery
The Icon shows the “New Testament” Trinity, that is, Jesus Christ holding the Cross seated opposite the Father as an old man, and between Them the Holy Spirit depicted as a dove. An Austro-Hungarian military map of 1788 labels a the site as “Trinity Rock”, suggesting the icon was already painted onto the cliff-side by that date. In 1822, the icon was restored by a local painted, Moise Buru Scriitorul; the Caransebes-Orsova railway came through the region towards the end of the 19th century. The original plans specified the railway run straight through the icon, but this was met with such local opposition that the engineer deviated the line a few metres west of the image. Grigore Dragomir, then mayor of the local village Armenis, said: “the icon and site are sacred for us and for all Romanian believers, and we never pass by the icon without uncovering our heads and crossing ourselves”.
…Whatever the origins, it was certainly believed the icon was sacred and worked miracles, as shown by the locals’ response to the railway in the 19th century. There are reports even today of people being healed of disease by praying before the icon. The reverence held for the Piatra Scrisa Holy Trinity icon is strong in the region, and may explain why the girl’s name Icoana or Iconia is common, despite being rare elsewhere.
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