The Princely Court Museum Complex in Târgovişte
The Princely Court Museum Complex in Târgovişte is located on 181 Calea Domnească Street, Dâmboviţa County.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9.00 – 18.30 (during summer).
Entrance fee: Yes.
Located on the commercial road which connected Transylvania with the Danube’s ports, Târgovişte became, in medieval times, an important commercial and administrative centre. This led to the Princely Court of Wallachia being set up here.
The Princely Court ran, with little interruptions, for more than three centuries (1396-1714) with dozens of voivodes having ruled from here. It started with Mircea the Elder and then ended with Constantin Brâncoveanu.
Nowadays the Princely Court Museum Complex in Târgovişte is one of the most representative Romanian medieval centres due to its special architecture.
You can admire incomparable historical monuments such as Chindia Tower originally built by Vlad Ţepeş (Vlad the Impaler), the Royal Palace, the Great Princely Church, the Holy Friday Church, the Bălaşa Maiden House, the Brâncovanian turret and the fortifications. Many of these monuments occasionally host various museum exhibitions.
Did you know?
In 1462 the Princely Court and the entire town of Târgovişte suffered immensely from an attack by Mahomed II the Conqueror.
The state of preservation of the Princely Court Museum Complex in Târgovişte is a good one, with restoration works having ended just a few years ago.