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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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  • 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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  • A surprising small village, very colorful and clean. The place can be visited in less than one hour. The big surprise is the restaurant. Being part of Albota trout farm, a famous restaurant in the are...  read more »
  • We were driving to Sibiu, and since this is a short (less than 5 km) detour of the E68 road we thought we'd see the Carta Monastery ruins. Without a car I don't think this is even an option for anyone...  read more »
  • Fantastic place, the ruins are fabulous.
  • The eastest French monastery. Beautiful
  • I visit this monument, monastery, St Edward's, I was surprised by what I saw here, the resemblance the Roman constructions, location and maintenance of this all the appreciation for the priest who manages this beautiful and ancient religious establishment!
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  • You should not miss a visit here. But the church ruins are very beautiful. Everything is well taken care of.
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  • Nice!
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