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Cozia Monastery, the legacy of Mircea cel Bătrân

Cozia Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
When you walk through the gates of Cozia monastery, you are impressed by its beauty and the landscape that surrounds it. The Monastery is one of the most beautiful and one of the oldest in Romania.
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 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.

Cozia Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
Cozia Monastery and the fountain

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 Monastery, Caciulata, Romania
Tomb of Mircea cel Bătrân

Museum

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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