|Type||Religious Site, Monastery|
|Founder||Mircea cel Bătrân|
|Parking||Yes, along the main street. Free|
|Visiting Hours||9:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Entry Tickets||Free for the monastery and museum|
|Location||Calimănești, Râmnicu Vâlcea, România, Europe|
Why Cozia Monastery in Romania is 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. Build by Mircea cel Batran (Mircea the Elder) in 1388 and housing his tomb it remains an impressive edifice.
You can admire the typical stone rosettes 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 inner courtyard of the monastery was erected.
Over the years, Cozia Monastery was also a school, hospital, horse stable but it was 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 of Teofana, the mother of Mihai Viteazul.
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.
Mircea’s Shadow at Cozia
Grigore Alexandrescu wrote in 1842 Mircea’s Shadow at Cozia, a poem known in Romanian literature.