Saint Anton Chapel Șumuleu Ciuc


Strada Szék 148, Miercurea Ciuc 530203, Romania


The chapel on Șumuleu Mic hill dedicated to Saint Anthony was created from the rebuilding of a smaller chapel from the 17th century. The construction of the original chapel is traditionally linked to the Turkish-Mongolian destruction of 1661.

Tradition says a monk has survived the attacks because he has fled on the Șumuleu Mic hill. Seeing that the other monks of his order were banished, he promised Saint Anthony of Padua that if he survives, he would build a chapel with his own hands in that place. He kept his promise and built the predecessor of today's chapel in 1673.

About this dating confesses an inscription on a brick found during the 1775 rebuilding and which mentions the name of the monk, Johan [n] es Mak (Mák János). The original chapel was much smaller than the present one, with about the same size as the sanctuary of the latter.

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