Curtea de Arges Monastery – the resting place of the Romanian Kings
- Location: Curtea de Argeș
- Period of construction:16th century AD
- Constructed by: Neagoe Basarab
The architecture of the Monastery
Here in this city, the most impressive is the Episcopal Church, the creation of an inspired architect. It has a boxy structure enlivened by whorls, rosettes and fancy trimmings. Each festooned is rising into two twisted, octagonal belfries with little spheres and the three armed cross of Orthodoxy. The church has 18 meters length, 10 meters wide and 25 meters high.
The current Episcopal Church is not the original creation of 1512-1517 AD but a recreation which took place between 1875 -1885 AD by Lecomte de Nouy, who grafted on all the Venetian mosaics and Parisian woodwork and also the Romanian architect Nicolae Gabrielescu, but somehow the work stopped. Inside the garish red, green and gold interior lies the tombs of the kings Charles I and Ferdinand together with their queens Elisabeth and Maria.
Here are the relics of some saints and also the Gospel written in gold by Queen Elizabeth. In addition, the church is a part of a famous Romanian legend, called “The legend of master Manole”.
The legend of Curtea de Arges Monastery
The legend says that master Manole was trapped on the rooftop of the church. Prince Neagoe Basarab wanted to make certain that the builder couldn’t reproduce his masterwork for anyone else. Manole tried to escape but unfortunately he fell and died and in that place a spring has gushed forth also known as the Manole’s Well.
Also this legend says that Manole had to immure his wife within the walls of the monastery. People were believing that ghosts are necessary to keep buildings from collapse.