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Cozia Monastery, the legacy of Mircea cel Bătrân

Cozia Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
As you step inside the gates of Cozia Monastery, prepare to be awed by the sheer beauty of your surroundings. The stunning landscape and the monastery's timeless magnificence will inspire you as few other places can. Cozia Monastery is a true gem of Romania and a testament to the enduring power of faith and beauty.
TypeReligious Site, Monastery
Construction year1388
FounderMircea cel Bătrân
ParkingYes, along the main street. Free
Visiting Hours 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Entry TicketsFree for the monastery and museum
LocationCalimănești, Râmnicu Vâlcea, România, Europe

Why is Cozia Monastery in Romania famous?

At the foot of a mountain, on the right bank of the river Olt, Cozia Monastery awaits you by the side of a road. The Monastery is one of the most beautiful and one of the oldest in Romania. Built by Mircea cel Batran (Mircea the Elder) in 1388 and housing his tomb it remains an impressive edifice.

You can admire the typical stone rosette facade and the tympanum of the Southern Portal.

The monastery was repaired and renovated several times, by the lords Neagoe Basarab, Radu Paisie, and Constantin Brancoveanu.

In the time of Neagoe Basarab, the fountain in the monastery’s inner courtyard was erected.

Cozia Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
Cozia Monastery and the fountain

Over the years, Cozia Monastery was also a school, hospital, and horse stable but also transformed into a prison.

The walled chapel, dedicated to the “Assumption”, located in the southeast corner of the monastery, dates from 1583.

Tomb of Mircea cel Bătrân

In the narthex are the tombs of the voivode Mircea cel Bătrân and Teofana, the mother of Mihai Viteazul.

Cozia Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
Tomb of Mircea cel Bătrân


Cozia features a museum exhibiting old art: religious icons, old manuscripts and prints, embroideries, and objects of worship.

From the inside museum, you can admire the Olt River and its beautiful surroundings.

Cozia Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
View from the museum upper floor

Mircea’s Shadow at Cozia

Grigore Alexandrescu wrote in 1842 Mircea’s Shadow at Cozia, a poem known in Romanian literature.

Cozia Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
Cozia Monastery

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