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Reviewed 1 October 2012

the curtea the arges cathedral is something special from archietectonic point of view it is a very nice cathedral.in front of the cathdral is a good restaurant with good "mititei"

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Reviewed 27 August 2012

One of the most beautiful Romanian monasteries. It is the place where King Carol the 1st of Romania, Queen Elizabeth and King Ferdinand are buried. Amazing architecture and atmosphere.

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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Curtea de Arges was once the capital of Wallachia and its most famous building was the Episcopal Church (or Curtea de Arges cathedral) built in 1512 within the grounds of the monastery. Its elaborate design feautres two domes and a pair of twisted cupolas with twisted windows set atop a box-like building adorned with tiers of niches and arabesque motifs. According to the legend, the chief architect Manole was forced to entomb his wife in the walls of the church to keep the building from collapsing – popular belief at the time held that ghosts were required to keep buildings from falling down. The builders agreed that whoever’s wife came first would have to be sacrificed. But Manole’s men all warned their wives. So it was only Manole’s wife who arrived, bringing his lunch for him. Upon completion of the building, the church’s patron, Neagoe Basarab, left Manole and his fellow workers on the roof to ensure they never built a greater church. The whole group fell to their deaths attempting to fly using wooden wings made from the roofing shingles. It was also where the tombs of King Carol I and queen Elizabeth, and the next king Ferdinand and wife Maria lay. Outside was the tomb of Ferdinand II. If you're after religious items, don't forget the souvenir shop on the grounds. A really remarkable building, laced by a remarkable legend, and a fantastic retreat from a hectic tour.

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Reviewed 26 May 2012

I was injured during a visit to Romania last fall (my own fault), but as we drove back to Bucharest from Maramures, I asked my guide to stop here. I could not leave Romania without seeing this amazing building. It defies any conventional architectural label - the towers are truly unique and the mandalas on the side of the building are very curious (why were they put there?) The interior defies description - the floor to ceiling frescoes are amazing, as are the tombs of Romania's rulers, and we even received a blessing while there (I needed one badly at that time!) Lovely, historical site, set in a grove of trees. Just sorry we missed seeing Horezu, but there's always a next time!

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Reviewed 14 May 2012

The church built by Neagoe Basarab (King of Muntenia 1512-1521) is the most valuable religious art and architecture building in Arges area. Now is recently renovated.
Also called the Episcopal Church, it houses the tomb of the first King of Romania Carol I.
It’s architecture is unique, a must see. The 12 interior columns, supporting a dome in the middle and two side towers, have unique different designs. The two side towers characterized by twisting sections of masonry that look like falling on each other
Legend:
The builder was Master Manole, and the legend says that whatever he was building during the day was demolished during the night. Only after he built his wife (Anna) alive, the construction remained standing. The supposed tomb of Anna, wife Master Manole is marked on south wall of the Church.

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