Cozia Monastery


Located in the valley of Olt, in Călimăneşti-Căciulata, Vâlcea County, the monastery is  22 km from Râmnicu Vâlcea and 75 km from Sibiu.

You can get here even by train from Râmnicu Vâlcea or Sibiu and the train stations are either Păuşa or Călimăneşti.

You can admire a gorgeous view over the Olt Valley from the first floor of Mircea’s Pavillion.

The museum also has a gift shop.


The Medieval monastic complex in Cozia, located in the picturesque landscape of Olt’s Gorge, is the most beautiful foundation laid by Prince Mircea the Elder.

A jewel of the religious architecture in Romania, which was built between 1386-1388, the monastery has suffered many restorations along the centuries. The monastic complex includes the Church, the Neagoe Basarab Fountain (1512), Mircea’s Pavilion (the museum), and the cells.

The exterior of the church is decorated with laced stone and the original Byzantine painting, which is about 600 years old, can still be observed in the pronaos. The porch was added a few hundred years later which was built in the Brâncoveanu style. Behind the fortifications you will discover the big churchyard, a real green and peaceful oasis. You can visit nearby Turnu and Stânişoara Monastery.

Did you know?

Mircea the Elder’s tomb can be found here at the Cozia Monastery.

Conservation facts

Between 1984-1986 the painting of the church was entirely restored. The Monastery has a small museum where various old church artifacts like icons and books can be admired.