Curtea de Arges Monastery

Located in the town Curtea de Arges, below the Carpathians, the Curtea de Arges Monastery is one of the most beautiful Romanian monasteries.

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Founded in the first half of the 14th century, the church has a "Greek cross" layout and counts among the most representative monuments of Romanian medieval architecture.

The church was designed in byzantine style, organized in a narrow pre-nave which also served as a crypt, a spacious nave and the altar rounded up with 3 apses to the east. The church has 4 dome derricks. It features rich and delicate stone ornamentation, a lacing of carved patterns on the narrow round arch windows, medallions, wreathed cordons, lilies, Caucasian and Islamic motifs. Dove figurines sculpted on the medallions wear bells in their beak. The bells chime with the blowing of the wind. The 2 smaller towers on the roof are peculiar, as they seem twisted due to their inclined windows. They display Arabian and Georgian ornamentation. The cornice of the monastery is richly adorned with relief patterns and gilded stone doves.

The entrance to Curtea de Arges Monastery is dominated by a gazebo portal with a holy water basin, covered by an oriental-type spire with Moorish decoration, supported by 4 marble columns and topped with a gilded cross.

The church interior features rich and beautiful paintings and mosaics and the round pilasters are polished and decorated with intricate geometric or floral patterns. There are 12 pilasters, symbolizing the 12 apostles. The inner space is dominated by gold, dark red and dark blue and the materials used were marble, gilded bronze and onyx.

The frescoes of Curtea de Arges Monastery were finished in the first half of the 16th century. The paintings illustrate Jesus Christ and saints, as well as the founder and his family, wearing golden crowns with precious stones and clothing with the byzantine eagle symbol.



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