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The Cave Monastery Șinca Veche: Dacian Temple of Destiny, the magical place in Romania where wishes come true

The ceiling oculus of the Sinca Veche Cave Monastery
The Cave Monastery from Șinca Veche, also known as The Dacian Temple of Destiny in Romania, is believed to be a mystical place where people's wishes come true, illnesses are healed, and the universal energies combine with those of people.

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TypeCave, Temple, Church
Construction YearUnknown
Visiting Hours / Ticket PriceMonday – Saturday 9:00 – 18:00
Sunday / Legal Holidays: 11:30 – 18:00
Usually, if you reach the location around 17:30 you can visit only The Cave Monastery and the Spring and you can’t go up to the chapel of Saint Nectarie.
Free Entry
Getting thereOn DN73A follow the sign and take DJ104E till you reach the parking space of the Monastery
LocationȘinca Veche, Romania, Europe

How do you get to Şinca Veche Monastery?

The Şinca Veche cave monastery is located 45 kilometers from Brasov and 22 kilometers from Fagaras, in Sinca Veche commune.

What does the ensemble from Şinca Veche consist of?

The ensemble from Şinca Veche consists of: the Cave Monastery, the Annunciation Spring, and the Chapel of Saint Nectarie. Additionally, there is a souvenir shop, a candle altar, and toilets.

Does The Cave Monastery Șinca Veche (Temple of the Destiny) have a room where the energies are felt?

As you go up, the Cave Monastery is located to the left of the spring. The hill where the monastery is dug is protected with a large tarp. Tourists enter on a wooden bridge and can see to the left and right various rooms dug into the rock.

View of inside the cave Sinca Veche Monastery

In front is the room with the oculus and the cross. It is said that the chamber where the energies descend through the oculus is the most important in the cave. Tourists stop here, having various beliefs in their souls, that their wishes will come true, that they will be healthier, or other things that belong to each individual.

View of the cross inside the cave Sinca Veche Monastery

To the right, you enter another room where in front you find an altar and a face drawn on a wall. The monastery can be visited with a guide. In the inner courtyard, you find panels where you can see the sketches of archaeologists.

Interior of the Cave Monastery

Archaeologists say that the opening in the ceiling was made by the people who lived here 300 years ago and the purpose of this opening was to create a secret entrance to the cave.

The ceiling oculus of the Sinca Veche Cave Monastery

Does the Annunciation Spring have miraculous waters?

It is said that the Annunciation Spring has healing waters, those who drink from these waters will be healthy for life or will be cured of all diseases. Whether this spring is miraculous or not, I leave it to you to find out.
The spring is in the center of the settlement and is a source of fresh water.
The spring was consecrated numerous times by the local priests during services.

Do the wishes you make at Şinca Veche come true?

It is said that those with a pure heart are granted the wishes they make in the room where the light enters through the opening dug in the rock, in the ceiling.

Interior yard of Sinca Veche Monastery

Some claim that mysterious energies are coming from the earth, others say that supernatural phenomena happen here, that you can hear the voices of angels singing, and some claim that the Temple of Destinies is part of a triangle together with Vârfu Omu, Sarmisegetuza, and the Racoș peaks, part of the sacred geometry that the Dacians used.

Interior yard of Sinca Veche Monastery

Is the cave monastery Şinca Veche 7000 years old?

Some sources claim that the cave monastery at Şinca Veche is a pre-Dacian temple and that it is 7000 years old. These sources believe that the cave has been dug by the same civilization that would have done the White Temple in Serpent Island, the descendants of the Atlanteans, the Thracians. This theory is supported by those who believe that Atlantis existed in the Black Sea.

Others say it is a 2000-year-old sacred temple of the Dacians.

Chapel of Saint Nectarie

The chapel of Saint Nectarie is located 200 m above the cave church, on the Pleșu hill, built in 2006. The relics of Saint Nectarie are found here and services are held here.

What do archaeologists say about the antiquity of the Old Şinca Cave Monastery?

Archaeologists who have done research in the area claim that it is a Christian-Orthodox monastery built around 1742, a time when Orthodox churches were banned and Orthodox monks were wanted, chased, and forced to convert to Catholicism. A few of them would have found this cave church and dug into the rock to make an entrance to their hideout. Guides at the site say that those who lived here used to descend on ropes through the opening in the ceiling.

What symbols are found on the walls of the Old Şinca Cave Monastery?

On the walls of the altar room are the face of a man, the Star of David (hexagram), and the Yin and Yang sign. On the wall of the oculus room another symbol is found, two letters V interlaced or perhaps A and V, the symbol resembling one of the symbols of the Cucuteni culture, a symbol of fertility.

Crosses are found in various places in the grotto. It is not known what the origins of these symbols are, whether they were made by those who dug into the rock to make the grotto, or whether they were made by our contemporaries who could not resist carving the stones there as well. Those who take care of the place certainly struggle to convince the visitors that only the Christian symbols are original and hide the ones considered pagan (when I was there, the Star of David was hidden behind an icon). However, they don’t know either which are original and which are not.

No one knows what the truth is about Șinca Veche Cave Monastery. Certainly, the Șinca Veche Cave Monastery or the Dacian Temple of the Destiny is a place of particular beauty and worth visiting.

View of the main entrance of Sinca Veche

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