Cistercian Monastery in Carta

Only half an hour from Sibiu heading towards Brașov, you will find the most Eastern Cistercian monument built in Europe, in Cârța village, Sibiu county. The religious order of Cistercians was founded in 1098 in Citeaux, Burgundy.

Even if the exact founding date is not known, it is estimated that this happened between 1202-1206 by the monks from the mother abbey, Igriș Abbey.

The Cistercian Monastery introduced and helped develop the French Gothic art in the region.

It survived the centuries but only partially. The big nave collapsed and now is used as an inside cemetery. Still, wondering around the ruins you will notice the impressive size. A walk up to the panoramic observation point from the gate tower is a must. While you will see the village, you will enjoy a spectacular view of Făgăraș Mountains.

  • Visit Castelul de Lut (The Clay Castle), the castle of the Fairies, in Porumbacu de Sus, 15 minutes away by car.
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