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The Carta Abbey a unique Cistercian Monastery in Romania

Cistercian Monastery of Carta
View of Cistercian Monastery of Carta
Carta Monastery is unique in Romania. Is the only Cistercian Monastery in Romania and the most eastern one in Europe. Legend says that it is one of the most haunted places in Romania.

Tourist Information and Map

Construction Year 1205
FounderThe Order of Cistercians Monks
Visiting Hours 11:00 – 20:00
Phone No: 0752-055.997
for groups, call in advance
Ticket PriceAdults: 10 Lei (2 Euro); Children: 5 Lei (1 Euro)
FacilitiesAccess for disabled people, Car Parking, Toilet
Location110 Principală Street, Cârța 557070, Romania, Europe

What can you visit at The Abbey of Carta?

The ensemble consists of the ruins of The Cistercian Monastery, The Soldier Cemetery, The Church, The Rectory, and Teacher’s House that host a museum.

Who founded the Cistercian Monastery of Carta?

The monastery was built by Cistercian monks from Igriș. The Cistercian order was founded in 1098, in Burgundy, by Abbot Robert de Molesmes.

Cistercian Monastery of Carta
View of Cistercian Monastery of Carta

The Cistercians introduced a new religious program and a new architecture, giving up the “splendor” of the Benedictine buildings. The transition to a sober and functional architecture was therefore made.

The bell tower, built in 1495, still stands. You can climb to the top of the old structure.

Cistercian Monastery of Carta
The round window (Rosette) of Cistercian Monastery of Carta

The largest part still standing is the choir, transformed today into an evangelical church.

In the large courtyard of the monastery is the tombstone of Franz Pindur, a Saxon painter and graphic artist.

Cistercian Monastery of Carta
Grave stone Franz Pindur Cistercian Monastery of Carta

The Abbey of Carta is unique?

The Abbey of Carta is the only Cistercian Monastery in Romania.

In the ruins of the church, you can visit the unique cemetery of German soldiers who fell in September 1916.

Cistercian Monastery of Carta
The grave yard Cistercian Monastery of Carta

Carta is the first church where you can admire the combination of the Romanesque style with the early Gothic.

The Abbey of Carta is the easternmost Cistercian monastery in Europe.

In order to build a better defense against their enemies, the monks built two caves near the monastery, where they could hide. Legends say they even dug a tunnel from the church altar to the Olt river.

The interior of the church has a baroque altar, a mechanical organ and a keystone with the image of the Virgin Mary, the patroness of the Cistercians.

Cistercian Monastery of Carta
The interior of Cistercian Monastery of Carta

Is Carta Monastery haunted?

Legend has it that those monks who lived in this monastery worked very hard and ate very little (they fasted and ate only 3 hours a day). Thus, the lifespan was very short, a maximum of 40 years. After they died they were buried under the monastery. Their spirits are said to roam throughout the monastery today and those who live here today constantly find things moving from where they were left or tell that the walls sometimes vibrate.

Is the movie The Nun inspired by real events that happened at Carta Monastery?

The subject of the film: In Romania, at the Carta Monastery, two nuns who enter a tunnel to find a Christian relic are attacked by evil forces. One of them dies and the other manages to save herself. A priest from the Vatican is sent to investigate the phenomenon.

The action of the film is fictional and there was no incident like that at the Cârța Monastery.

Cistercian Monastery of Carta
View of Cistercian Monastery of Carta

Was the film The Nun filmed at Carta Cistercian Monastery?

The movie The Nun presents Carta Monastery as the place where the action is happening, but the filming was done at Castel Film Studios in Bucharest, at the Palace of the Parliament and at Corvinilor Castle.