Hotel Valea cu Pesti 4* (Fish Valley Hotel) is locaetd at 38 km away from Curtea de Arges, on a hill near the Transfagarasan Road, on the eastern border of Vidraru Lake, at an altitude of 870 m high.
To get to Hotel Valea cu Pesti, one must follow the national road DN – 7C – the Transfagarasan, road which passes through some villages such as Albesti, Corbeni and Capataneni.
In Capatanani, before entering the Arges River Gorges, one can visit a memorial house which belonged to the Romanian classic music composer George Stefanescu (1843 – 1925). He was an important figure of the classic Romanian music, the author of the first Romanian symphony and the founder of some lirical societies precoursory of the Romanian Opera. Moreover, here came to visit the composer, some other important figures of the Romanian culture, such as: the poet Vasile Alecsandri, the writers B.P. Hasdeu, I.L. Caragiale, Constantin Nottara, the doctor Carol Davila and others. Their names are written on a board at the entrance of the house. In this memorial house, besides the documents and the objects that belonged to the musician and besides a collection of historical and popular art objects, there is also the piano that George Stefanescu used to accopany the well known opera singer Hariclea Darclée. Also in this house, the writer I.L. Caragiale wrote the novel „Napasta” ( The Injustice) .
The friends of the writer I.L. Caragiale said that the idea of this novel came to him after he met a very beautiful girl in a tavern near Capataneni. When he was about to leave the tavern, being amazed by the beauty of that girl, a local boy told him that „ Hey, master, for this girl somebody will die”. From these words came the idea of a rural drama and so the novel „Napasta” („The Injustice”) came to light.
It was inaugurated on the 15th of August 1517, with big pomp and important guests. There many guests have attended, not only from the country, but also from other countries and the most important was the patriarch of Constantinopol himself. Building this church was, mainly, one of the ways in which its founder Neagoe Basarab stated his position in that time society (Click here to see the virtual tour Curtea de Arges Monastery )
the most ancient feudal art ensemble, was imagined as a religion edifice and as royal necropolis. It is a real treasure of the Romanian painting and one of the most valuable monuments of the Romanian architecture, because it has in its technique, plan, structure and iconography the stylistic coordinates of the material civilization and spiritual level from the Basarabs Royal Court. (Click here to see the virtual tour The Royal Church Curtea de Arges)
the buildings that used to form the royal court ensemble are today ruined till the foundations. From the Basarab I time it can still be seen the royal house cellar on the south side, built around 1340 and the church that in 1352 was finished in red.
The church, the only edifice preserved entirely, is located outside the court from which it is separated by a wall whose foundations you can still see. The royal church from Curtea de Arges is the first big feudal monument built in the Romanian Country and well preserved. (Click here to see the virtual tour The Royal Church Museum)
Arges Station or Royal Station, as it is called, was built time of Carol I. This station is worth adding to the list of sightseeing and of utmost importance in Arges Romania, being a building with strong historical connotations. Royal Station called because all the kings buried at the Monastery of Curtea de Arges were brought by train. The hall-of-station-yard argesasteptare the past and last voyage station of King Charles I, in 1914, brought to the monastery for burial.
On November 27, 1898 in Curtea de Arges Royal Station was inaugurated and put into circulation railway Pitesti – Curtea de Arges, the length of 38.4 km. According to documents of the time, the investment amounted to £ 7,887,846 gold. Over time, the station served both inhabitants and officials. (Click here to see the virtual tour Curtea de Arges Royal Train Station)
located at 25 km away from Curtea de Arges, was fortified by Vlad Tepes in the XV th century; it is situated on the top of Cetatuia Peak, at 850 m height and it is protected by steep slopes. To get to the fortress “eagle nest of ancient heroes” you must climb up 1480 concrete stairs which sinuate through a dense beech forest. (Click here to see the virtual tour The Poenari Fortress)
has a picturesque, rural aspect, combining wooden and brick architectonic elements,with a nave shaped plan and the steeple tower stuck to the building;
it is maybe the only church in Romania in which death is painted on the exterior walls. (Click here to see the virtual tour Olari Church Curtea de Arges)
Church of San Nicoara or “the Little Church of St. Nicholas,” as locals were called, to distinguish it from the reign was built on a high plateau, with probably the first royal court, at the end of the XIV century, or beginning of the fifteenth century. The architecture is typical of Byzantine art in the Balkans reception, as it represented the city Severin. The plan of this building is a small rectangle in the narthex and nave divided, ended in the east with an apse. (Click here to see the virtual tour Church of San Nicoara Curtea de Arges)
located at 30 km away from Curtea de Arges, it is a giant construction. At the time of its building, Vidraru Dam was the first one of this type in Romania, the 6th in Europe and the 9th in the world as height. It forms the Vidraru Lake.
a giant Prometheus, made by the sculptor Constantin Popovici, it is located near the Vidraru Dam, on top of a prismatic tower, covered in green mosaic and it is surrounded by a stairway that goes till the highest platform. From here you have a splendid view over the Vidraru Lake until the peaks of Fagaras Mountains.
the highest road in Romania, built between 1970 – 1974, is located at 2055 m height and crosses the Fagaras Mountains through a 850 m long tunnel.
is located in Musetesti village, at 20 km away from Curtea de Arges, in the middle of the forest. It was first built of wood and then, during Matei Basarab’s reign in 1644, it was remade of stone and brick. The painting has been redone or replaced several times. In this hermitage at first lived monks, but today it is a nuns hermitage. Today there live 30 nuns.
Musetesti etnography museumis located in Musetesti village, at 15 km away from Curtea de Arges. In the two halls of the museum we can see pieces that impress us through their authenticity: clothing pieces, tools, ceramics, materials and documents that used to belong to the first printer from this area.
“Corbii de Piatra”Monastery
located in Corbi village, at 30 km away from Curtea de Arges, it is dug in a rock on the left side of Lady River and it was built in the XIVth-XVth centuries. To get into the church you must go now through the porch dug in 1814, on the south of the naos. The fresco painting is considered to be the oldest in the Romanian Country.
located at 40 km away from Curtea de Arges, in Namaiesti Village, is a religious monument about which building there are not known the exact dates and whose church is dug in the rock. It is told that the church is a Christian catacomb from the roman period. The tradition associates the beginnings of the monastery with the discovery in a cave of a Virgin Mary miracle worker icon (one of the 12 wooden icons with the real face of Virgin Mary painted by the Saint Luca for each of the 12 apostles) during the Negru Voda reign.
Aninoasa Monastery (1677 – 1729)
is a valuable ensemble in Brancoveanu style architecture ensemble with paintings from 1730. Near the church are still kept the inside, the cells and the steeple tower.
is located in Aninoasa village, at 24 km west away from Campulung and 34 km east away from Curtea de Arges. The church was built in the XVIIth century, but ruined in 1871. It was rebuilt on the same place as the old one in 1992.