Curtea domneasca de la Targoviste

The medieval era left us with stories of princesses and knights, castles that look like fortresses, towers that would keep the peace of the citadel and charts that bear witness to those times. The Princely Court in Targoviste begins its life in this period of time, too, and we can assume that not long before the year 1400 it was in the ascendant. The princely court did not have an independent architectural ensamble because every ruler made changes to it through the newly built elements. The first one who had to test the endurance of its gates in front of the enemy was Constantin Serban Basarab when the soldiers rose against him. The walls of the court keep a remembrance of this extinct world that wrote pages in the history of the Romanian people, from Mircea cel Batran to Constantin Brancoveanu.

Gone through fires, demolitions and defensive attacks, the princely court still keeps some of the important buildings: the princely church, the princely palace, the belfries and the halls. The best known edifice is the tower of Chindia, built in the 15th century, at the request of ruler Vlad Tepes. Back then the tower wasn’t as high, with it’s current height being due to the restaurations made during the reign of prince Gheorghe Bibescu, which added 5 meters to the tower. At the time when Targoviste was the capital of the Country of Romania (Tara Romaneasca), the tower wasn’t a spectcular building because most of the princley courts of those time looked quite similar. It served as a security point, as a place to keep the thesaurus and as a jail, too. The current form doesn’t look like the initial build which we can still find in a few historical descriptions and a litograph dating from 1840* (source: Wikipedia accessed at 16th November 2014). Most likely, its name comes from it being used as a clock (“ceasul chindiei” = the watch of the sunset).
Going to these places means experiencing, with the help of your imagination, a 15th century medieval day whose remembrance is still unforgotten.

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