Curtea de Arges – a city with a legendary atmosphere

Curtea de Arges is a town located in Arges district from Muntenia region. This city is surrounded by mystery and history, being the first capital of Wallachia. It is one of the oldest cities from Romania and offers a distinctive panorama and interesting touristic attractions.

During Medieval Times, Curtea de Arges was an important political and economic center. Because the capital was moved from Wallachia to Targoviste, Curte de Arges lost its prestige. The place regain its notoriety after the monastery becomes Carol I burial place. Nowadays, this monastery is the place were all Romanian kings and queens are buried, including Queen Ana, the wife of former king of Romania, Michael I.

Curtea de Arges is proud to be the place where important rulers are born: Neagoe Basarab (ruler of Wallachia between 1512 and 1521), Vlaicu Voda (ruler of Wallachia between 1364 and 1377), Mircea the Elder (ruler of Wallachia between 1386-1394 and 1397-1418). Also here were born intellectual personalities from interwar period such as: writer Demetru Demetrescu-Buzău (known as Urmuz) and psychologist Florian Stefanescu-Goanga.

Tourists that visit this historical city need to see the beautiful edifice Curtea de Arges Monastery. This place of worship is built between 1512 and 1517 by Neagoe Basarab. Curtea de Arges Monastery is a cultural edifice, a legendary residence and also a place for pilgrimage. Visitor can discover here the graves of Romanian Regal Family: King Carol I, Queen Elisabeth, Carol II, King Ferdinand I and Queen Mary. Travellers that come here can discover the legend of dabster Manole (Romanian: Mesterul Manole), the man that bricked his wife Ana in the edifice wall. Wonderful Curtea de Arges Monastery is dedicated to “The Assumption of Virgin Mary” and is recognized as a national monument.

Close to the Curtea de Arges Monastery tourists can see the Fountain of Manole. The legend of this fountain said that dab Manole need to brick his wife Ana in the church’s wall for stop the walls demolitions. The rule of that times loves this terrific construction and ask those 10 tampers if they can do another one, more wonderful that this one. Those 10 tampers say yes and the rules demolish the scaffolding to stop them to build another construction more beautiful than this. Tampers made shingles wings but all of them die. In the place where dab Manole decease, appears a fountain that keeps his name.

In the center of this city, visitors can discover remains from 13th century Royal Court. From the old construction they can see stone walls and two royal cellars. Archaeologists confirm that this building is made in peasant style with ground floor, basement and a veranda. On this Royal Court used to be a house which was the home of Voivode Neagoe Basarab. The second house is the home of Basarab I. Royal Court was rebuilt on the 14th century.

The city of Curtea de Arges is perfect for a small trip to enter in the historical and legendary atmosphere of the streets and discover Romania.

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