On the road from Fagaras to Sibiu i saw a sign to Carta and the “Cistercine Monastirea”.
Carta (Kerz in German) is a small and quiet village with friendly people, sitting on a bench in front of their houses free ranch chicken, goose etc. gave me a nostalgic feeling and made me stop for a walk.
The smell of woodburned ovens and food made me hungry so i looked around and found one of the small shops, where it was a buzz of interest.
Nobody seems to hurry, all very relaxed.
When you look at the houses, you see the influence of the Saxon-history.
Most of the houses are paint in pastell colours with German proverbs painted on the facades.
On my walk i also found a school and two small caffe’s.
At the and of the village, on the only peaved road, i finally found the Cistercine Monastirea. It is the oldest building in gothic style in Romania.
The monastery was established in 1205 and dissolved in 1474.
The cisterciënzer abbey had a big influence in economical, cultural and political history in the middle-age of Transylvanië but also the dissemination of the gothic art.
Most of the buildings fall into disrepair, but a part of it (the church) is still in use, and can be visit.
The verger (he lives in the house at the back of the monastery) was very helpfull and showed me the interior of the church, and told alot about the history of the monastery, and the myth about a secret tunnel under the river (Olt) and the lost treasure.
I was realy surprised by the condition of the construction and all the original details.
Btw. can somebody tell me why the churchbells in Carta are ringing when thunder-storm is brewing ?
And what happends with the treasure ?