Curtea de Arges Monastery

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Today’s travel destination is Curtea de Arges Monastery, so take your cup of coffee or tea, take a seat and enjoy this beautiful article!

General information

The monastery, built in the early 16th century, is a Romanian Orthodox monastery in Curtea de Argeș, Romania. It is located on the grounds of the Curtea de Argeș Monastery, and is dedicated to Dormition of the Mother of God. In the building is the seat of the Archdiocese of Argeș and Muscel. The cathedral is faced with pale grey limestone, which was easily chiselled then hardened on exposure. The interior is of brick, plastered and decorated with frescoes. Nearby on the grounds stands the large Neo-Romanian style Royal Palace built in late 19th century.

The monastery resembles a large mausoleum and was built in the Byzantine architectural style, with arabesques. In shape the structure is oblong, with a many-sided annex at the back. A dome rises in the center, fronted by two smaller twisting and leaning cupolas, while a secondary dome, broader and loftier than the central one, springs from the annex. Each summit is crowned by an inverted pear-shaped stone, bearing a triple cross, emblematic of the Trinity.

Souvenirs & dress code

You’ll find many souvenir shops there, with many religious things, accessories and also fridge magnets. It’s important to advise you that everything is quite pricy, but given the fact that the monastery is a very important symbol for the Romanian culture, tradition and history, personally I don’t blame them.

As it is for the dress code, you should avoid wearing shirts or dresses too short, not only because the nuns will look at you in a disagreeing way, but because it is a monastery in fact. However, if you have just stop by, than we can say that it’s acceptable, but do not enter in the building dressed poorly (=too short items).

The legend

Along the history it is said that Negru Vodă employed Meşterul Manole or Manoli as an architect. Due to some failures that he met among the process of construction, the prince threatened him and his assistants with death. At last, Manole suggested that they should follow the ancient custom of placing a living woman into the foundations; and that she who first appeared on the following morning should be the victim.

Now the sad part is that despite the fact that he prayed to God to not let his wife come first, and even though He accepted and responded to his prayers by making a terrible weather, the love of the woman who was also carrying his child within her, was so abundant that she got through all the storms and nature disasters that she met on her way, just to arrive to her husband. In the end, he was forced to sacrifice her and his child’s life. Eventually, the monastery was successfully built.

Right after they finished, they were asked by the prince if they could build another monastery more grandiose than this one. Their mistake was to answer affirmatively. As a consequence, they were left stranded on the roof so that they could not build something to match it. They fashioned wooden wings and tried to fly off the roof, but one by one they all fell to the ground.

A spring of clear water, named after Manole, is said to mark the spot where he fell, as to mark where Ana’s built, there is a red spot on the walls of the church.

The Royal Church & the graves of two Saints and important royals

The Royal Church was inaugurated just a few years ago, in a partnership between the Royal family of Romania and the Romanian Orthodox Church. In the front you’ll find the graves of Saint Filoftea, the only child Saint, and the royals Carol II, Mircea Principle, Elena & Mihai I.

 All in all, I hope you enjoyed this article and found it interesting! I know it’s been a while since we last met, but given the actual situation and the chaos of our days, it’s unfortunately too easy to lost your way through your ‘to do’ list.

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