Curtea de Argeş Cathedral

The Cathedral of Curtea de Argeş (early 16th century) is one of the most famous buildings in Romania, and stands in the grounds of a monastery, in Curtea de Argeş city. It is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

The legend sad that Manoli was the architect. Manole being unable to finish the walls, the prince threatened him and his assistants with death. At last Manole suggested that they should follow the ancient custom of placing a living woman into the foundations; and that she who first appeared on the following morning should be the victim. The other masons warned their families, and Manole was forced to sacrifice his own wife. Thus the cathedral was built. When Manole and his masons told the prince that they could always build an even greater building, Radu Negru had them stranded on the roof so that they could not build something to match it. They fashioned wooden wings and tried to fly off the roof, but, one by one, they all fell to the ground. A spring of clear water, named after Manole, is said to mark the spot where he fell. (text from

Photo credits: Manea Raluca Alexandra.

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June 28, 2009


looks like an amazing building, very sad story tho! Good luck with these pics

June 28, 2009


Hy Emi. Is true. I have a set of photos of the cathedral in construction. Now, after a long time, is completely restored and looks great.

June 28, 2009


Nice Raluca. I was there but in the time when the cathedral was in renovation so the outside was full of scaffolds.

June 27, 2009


Its very interesting when you learn all the amazing stories behind the world's great buildings. Thanks for sharing :0)

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