Curtea de Argeş Monastery
The Curtea de Argeş Monastery is located in Curtea de Argeş, on 1 Basarabilor Street, Argeş County.
Visiting hours: in the summer between 8:00-20:00; in the winter between 8:00-17:00.
Entrance fee: Yes.
The Curtea de Argeş Monastery is certainly one of the most valuable places of worship in Romania. Built in the Byzantine style from 1512-1517 by the Prince Neagoe Basarab, the Curtea de Argeş Monastery is a symbolic monument of the Romanian feudal architecture, a place of legend and of great cultural and historical significance. Located in the middle of "Manole Park", beautifully landscaped and where magnolias bloom in spring, the Curtea de Argeş Monastery will impress you beyond any doubt.
You will definitely not get bored admiring the special exterior architectural details with Arabian and Persian influences, and the unique decor will stick out in your memory for a long time.
The legend of Manole the craftsman is associated with the Curtea de Argeş Monastery. The legend is that he walled in his beautiful wife, Ana, in the walls of the monastery, in order to stop the construction from crumbling overnight. This aspect is also symbolically marked with a red seal on the south wall of the church. Close by, you will discover the Manole’s Fountain, which is said to be the place where Manole fell. At the end of his monumental work, the prince Neagoe Basarab sentenced him to death by throwing him off the roof of the imposing building.
Did you know?
Curtea de Argeş Monastery is the royal necropolis, sheltering the tombs of King Carol I and Elizabeth, King Charles II and that of King Ferdinand and Maria.
Curtea de Argeş Monastery was affected throughout many centuries by devastating events such as fires or earthquakes, but has always been restored. The works of a royal necropolis next to the monastery began in 2009 where the tombs of the Romanian kings will be moved.