Bucharest – Sibiu – Curtea de Arges – Bucuresti
One of the oldest towns in Wallachia, Curtea de Arges was the seat of power that organized and stimulated the unification of the lands south of the Carpathians.The oldest archeological evidence dates from the 13th century.
While Câmpulung is sometimes credited as the first capital of Wallachia, the Wallachian chronicles mention only Curtea de Argeș as being the capital.
After 1340, a new royal court was built at Argeș, containing a palace and a church, the whole complex having an area of 0.76 hectares. The Metropolitan Orthodox Church of Wallachia was founded here in 1359.
Part of the architecture and decorations of Cozia Monastery have a Brancovenesc Style (also known as Wallachian Renaissance). Cozia monastery was painted between 1390 and 1391. Some of the original frescoes (1390) are still well preserved. This monastery features an excellent late 17th century: Last Judgment fresco on the western facade.
Cozia features an old art museum: old manuscripts and prints, embroideries and objects of worship. Cross the mountains into Transylvania and enjoy dramatic views of the Olt River and spectacular Middle Carpathians!
Located in the central part of Romania, in the Transylvanian region, Sibiu was considered to be the capital of the Saxons of Romania. Developing as the region’s educational and cultural center, the city once again achieved international recognition when it became “Europe’s Cultural Capital” in 2007. Its medieval inner-city is relatively small, and can easily be covered by foot. The principal attraction of the old-city is its Gothic cathedral, built in three stages from the 14th to the early 16th centuries. It replaced a Romanesque style basilica which stood on this site in the 12th – 13th centuries.
The nearby, very impressive Baroque style palace – now the Brukenthal Museum – was named after a former Governor of Transylvania, whose large collection of books, coins, engravings and paintings has been on public display here since 1817.
Tourist objectives: Curtea de Arges Monastery, The Historical Center of Sibiu
Tour of Sibiu City
Tourist objectives: The Brukrnthal Museum in Sibiu
Olt Valley – Cozia Monastery