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You are invited to discover, through a ten hours journey, some of the most astonishing ancient Wallachian monasteries, as well as the real Dracula’s fortress, known as Poienari Fortress.
Curtea de Arges was founded in the first decades of the 14th century by Wallachian Prince Radu Negru. The town replaced Campulung as capital city of Wallachia, hence the name of `Curtea` (The Court).
A stunning arhitectural gem is the 14th century Curtea de Arges Monastery, with its two towers spiralling in opposite directions. The monastery is the resting place for two of the Romanian Kings and their wives: King Carol I and King Ferdinand I.
Bucharest, Pitesti, Corbii de Piatra (Stone Ravens) Monastery, Namaiesti Monastery, Curtea de Arges Monastery, the ruins of Poienari Fortress, Bucharest.
Included Services: transport, certified natonal guide.
Meals not included. Lunch and dinner reservations upon request.
Photo tax not included.
Dracula’s real Fortress
The ruins of the Poienari Fortress overlook the Arges River from a high cliff, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Built at the beginning of the 13th century, by the first Wallachian rulers, the castle changed its name and residents several times over the years. After all, it was abandoned and left in ruins.
After taking over the throne of Wallachia, Prince Vlad Tepes (or Count Dracula as he is know in Western Europe) saw the potential of Poienari Fortress and commanded that the structure be repaired and consolidated in order to turn it in one of his main fortresses. In 1462, when the Ottomans attacked and captured the castle, Vlad Tepes escaped through a secret passage leading north, through the mountains.
Although the castle was used for many years after Tepes’ death in 1476, eventually it was abandoned in the first half of 16th century and it turned into ruins. In 1888 a part of the castle crashed into the river far below, as consequence of a major landslide. Nowadays, visitors can admire the remains of its walls and towers.