Cârța Monastery

Carta Monastery is Tranylvania’s only remaining edifice dating back to the Early-Gothic period, in the beginning of the 13th century. It can be found in the small village called Kerc (Hungarian) or Cârța (Romanian). Compared to the fact that the building is more than 800 years old, I’d say that it is still in pretty good shape! (especially compared to the neglected Saxon Fortifications). The construction itself is worth a visit, and while you’re looking around the cool graves in the courtyard, bare in mind that they are the final resting places of soldiers who fought in World War I. The shrine that is still intact serves the local Evangelic Church.

I visited the church and its remains more than 4 years ago, and I almost completely forgot about it. Even though it’s not in the most popular guidebooks or in the most hip travel lists, I still think it is one of the most iconic religious buildings in the country. If you’d like to visit it, the Evangelic priest (who lives right next to the church) will be more than happy to give you a private tour of the place, and will happily tell you the long history of the imposing monastery. I’ll leave you with a few photos:

Carta Monastery, Romania

details of Carta Monastery, Romania

details of Carta Monastery, Romania

details of Carta Monastery, Romania

details of Carta Monastery, Romania

details of Carta Monastery, Romania

details of Carta Monastery, Romania

details of Carta Monastery, Romania

Carta Monastery, Romania

Details of Carta Monastery, Romania

The Carta Monastery is a short drive away from Sibiu, the UNESCO-protected Valea Viilor medieval fortified church and some of the Forgotten Fortified Saxon Churches of Transylvania. Would you visit this monastery? Don’t hesitate to Pin the post to save it for later:

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