Princely Court
Princely Court
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Natasha J
Bucharest, Romania114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
What a fun afternoon! Visiting the ruins was truly a wonderful day. It's inexpensive to get into the park and you get to see the church, the ruins, the library and all the grounds. The court was cool and eerie, with remnants of history sprinkled everywhere, including a few torture devices. Recently there have been some upgrades that include an historical look at how the damage was sustained, heads of state who visited, unearthing news parts and it was all educational and exciting.
Took so many photos and learned a lot. Great for the whole family or a couple.
Written May 31, 2022
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,942 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I got a dilemma, why in English translation it got the name of "Princely Court" - this is the Royal Court of Wallachian kings and Targoviste was the capital city of Wallachia for centuries in a row. So something got lost in translation ... this is the Royal Court!
A place loaded with history and housing 2 landmarks of the city - the Sunset Tower (Chindiei tower - most likely the building started in the times of Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes) and the Princely Church - that actually was the church of the kings , attached to the Royal Palace - that was build in the era of Petru Cercel - towards the mid/end of the 1500's.
Entrance fee is 12 Ron for adults - so almost for free .. what I was missing is the lack of guides, however there are plenty of panels describing what you can see there.
The ruined palace of King Pretu Cercel would deserve a rebuild from my perspective , still the ruined palace has a certain charm to it.
Another highlight is the National Old Romanian Books museum ... it is a very interesting place to visit and there is no surcharge, you will enter with the same ticket as to whole complex.
Also there is a plaque at the entrance - behind the gate - with the line of Wallachia kings listed ... a very nice walk through the ages.
Overall a great lesson in history for those who are interested ... and definitely appealing for kids. When you are in Targoviste it is a definite must visit and a great experience, I recommend you visit this place ...
Written November 7, 2022
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kansasfreestate
Lawrence, KS.3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Friends
Targoviste/Tirgoviste"s main attraction is the Chindia Tower and surrounding ruins. SUPER! I do not know if this tower has withstood time or has had some help being remodeled. But with all the frequent earthquakes over hundreds of years it amazes me that it proudly stands.
There are many, many surrounding ruins. It is a shame Romania does not have the money for restoring all this. Or even another country stepping in to help.
It looks to me that the government is doing some measures to prevent further decay!
Oh... but what I would give to carefully poke and look on the sidelines at all these bricks in various stages of being stacked!
An interesting fact: Vlad Tepes wanted Targoviste to be his capital city rather than Bucharesti.
Written March 12, 2012
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Eliza_Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania543 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
We headed for Curtea Domneasca in Targoviste as a day trip from Bucharest, visiting the complex for the first time, which was worth it in itself, though its surroundings are poor in natural beauty and the scenery seems decrepit and lacking investment.
Location: One hour and 20 minutes drive from Bucharest. The route is not appealing in itself, passing through some rather poor and dilapidated villages. Once entering in the city of Targoviste, we saw no sign for this historical complex. Moreover, no directions for an official parking lot were visible; we managed intuitively to a park in place designated for tourists we believe, but more could be done in order to signal parking spots.
The complex: The historical ruins are very well taken care of, and one can enjoy an informative experience. Information in both Romanian and English is available and clearly pointed out. The complex is not very vast and you can easily stroll and and visit around it for about one hour and a half.
The park: Well connected to the sight an urban park is attached. We did not find it particularly special and appealing.
Facilities: A toilet is well placed inside the complex. Its cleanness was disputable on a Sunday at noon... Also, if you wanted a cozy, charming spot to drink a coffee or have a nice lunch, you may find it difficult; we had rather went back to Bucharest than try the local venues situated near the complex.
All in all, agreeable journey back to history in a well preserved complex, but no much more.
Written March 20, 2016
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Menq
Newport, UK9,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
The Old Court's Ruins are situated near the city center and is a fantastic place to discover the history of this city, who was the capital of Wallachia. It's a wonderful place to come if you're in Bucharest. The entrance fee is 10 lei (around 2.5 Euros) and if you're a student the price is 4.5 lei (around 1 Euro). The ruins are very well presented and preserved, the Old Court church is very beautiful, and the Chindiei Tower is located inside the Old Court.
Written July 18, 2012
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swarthofole
Bucharest, Romania171 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
unless you're a very biased Romanian historical sites admirer, visiting this place is a total waste of time and money. paying 12 lei it's not much, but if you consider the "service", I tell you, it's a very bad business for you. nothing to see here, but a lot of bricks. no furniture (I saw only 3 pieces), not too many information, nothing overall. they printed some internet crap on A4 paper and they called this "history". are you kidding me???
I'm definetely not recommending a visit unless you are in the neighbourhood (or passing by targoviste). don't waste your money on the gas to get there cause it's useless. I really don't understand why this site has so many good reviews...I guess that people never saw another hostorical site...
Written June 10, 2018
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TerraVR
Varna, Bulgaria604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Curtea Domnească and Chindia Tower is the landmarks of Targoviste. Иn the complex there is the palace of the roots of it), the church and the Vlad Tepes Tower,from it there is a wonderful view of the city.
There is also a Museum of Printing and Old Romanian Book - unfortunately all explanatory signs are in Romanian.
In the rest of the complex there are bilingual signs and QR codes.
Written April 11, 2018
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Helen R
Bury St. Edmunds, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Targoviste is well worth jumping on the train out of Bucharest for. Chief among the highlights (including the police museum, history museum, and military complex where the Ceausescu's were executed) is the princely court - childhood home of Vlad the Impaler. The grounds and ruins are large, accessible and contain a lot of information (also in English) relating to the Wallachian rulers. There is also a stunning church full of frescoes, Chindia tower, and a museum of early printing & literature. We choose here over Bran for a trip out of Bucharest because it seemed more historically interesting and accurate, and were not disappointed at all.
Written October 14, 2017
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Daniel968
Bucharest, Romania414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Amasing site, full of history,
Many kings of Romanja have there the main siege between Mircea cel Batran and
Constantin Brancoveanu
Written December 15, 2019
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Florica M
Romania29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The complex of monuments that make up the Royal Court of Târgoviţa represents one of the most important architectural assemblages in the Romanian Country, if they are of great historical and artistic value. The royal residence for several centuries, the Royal Court offers the possibility to know the chapter in the history and medieval art of Romania.
Written October 8, 2019
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