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Carta Monastery, Sibiu County

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Cârţa Monastery is a former Cistercian (Benedictine) monastery in the Ţara Făgăraşului region in southern Transylvania in Romania, currently a Lutheran Evangelical church belonging to the local Saxon community. It lies on the left bank of the Olt River, between the cities of Sibiu and Făgăraş, close to the villages of Cârţa. The monastery was probably founded in 1202-1206 by monks from Igriș abbey (daughter house of Pontigny abbey), and was disbanded in 1494, when the apostolic legate Ursus of Ursinis ratified Cârţa Abbey’s attachment to the Provostship nullius of Sibiu. The Cistercian monastery introduced and helped develop French Gothic art in the region.History of the MonasteryThe exact founding date of the Cârţa monastery is unknown. A document from Konstanz, dated 17 April 1418, issued by Sigismund, king of Hungary and states vaguely that the monastery was founded, built, and awarded rights and privileges by his predecessors. The statute of royal establishment is also pointed out in the act disbanding the monastery 27 February 1474, and was made ex auctoritate juris patronatus regii Matthias Corvinus, king of Hungary. Cistercian documents from the 13th till 15th century gathered and analyzed by Leopold Janauschek mention the founding year of the monastery as being somewhere around 1202-1203.
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  • The Carta Monastery is half ruined, which makes it even more beautiful than an usual one. Being one of the fewest Cistercian abbey still standing in this part of Europe, it is an important historical ...  more »
  • Could not get inside because came already towards evening, the place itself interesting, ruined monastery, if you pass by look. Get into it is worth money, 5 Lei it seems.
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  • However the opening hours differ and also in the Vicarage, no one was on Saturday morning to reach - but you could walk through the plant.
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  • You can visit everything inside the perimeter for just 1.15 euros and everything looks awesome. It's brilliant!
  • Very well organised and maintained place.
  • Beautiful place!
  • Fantastic place, the ruins are fabulous.
  • The eastest French monastery. Beautiful