Targoviste, the capital of the Wallachian princes
Targoviste City is situated in the north part of Muntenia‘s historical region, in a downy relief area at the intersection of Sub Carpathian Hills with Targovistei’s High Plain, part of the Romanian Plain. Dambovita and Ialomita Rivers meadows which cross Dambovita region are nearby. The average of the altitude where the city is situated is 275 m height. The climate from Targoviste City is temperate-continental with big differences of temperature between summer and winter. The area is protected by Sub Carpathian peaks against winds and extreme temperatures. Summers are hot, even if sometimes can be cold periods during summer and winters are mild. The annual average of the temperature is 9-10° C. Targoviste City is crossed by Ialomita River and Chindia Lake is on its territory.
History of Targoviste City:
The history of Targoviste City is very important, because for approximately 3 centuries between the 14th and 17th centuries during Mircea cel Batran (Mircea the Old) reign, the city was the capital of the Romanian Country and the most important city from Muntenia. After the capital was moved in Bucharest, the city loses very much both from economical power and also from population. This gorgeous medieval city will charm mostly history, archaeology and culture lovers, but not only. The historical tourist objectives and attractions can be easily seen if you choose to walk in the historical area in a beautiful spring-autumn day. After the economy decreased, once the capital was moved to Bucharest, the city was based more and more on tourism.
Tourism and tourist objectives and attractions from Targoviste City:
Targoviste City developed in time a flourishing tourism and today tens of thousands of tourists choose to visit the old Romanian capital.
Being an old crossroad of historical trading routes, the city is now a road and rail junction, easily to be approached from all sides. Once there, the traveler has a lot of sightseeing to do. Firstly, go towards the Chindia Tower, the symbol of Targoviste, added to the city by Vlad Tepes - also known as Dracula.
The National Museum Complex, also known as the Royal Court, is an ancient architectural ensemble, which was for more than three centuries the residence and the royal court, and which remains the best kept Romanian monumental art. The National Museum Complex houses the Great Royal Church, Chindia Tower, The Royal Palace, St. Friday Church and Balasa House, as well as all the other museums such as the History Museum (an architectural monument raised in 1902 that keeps collections of great archaeological and historical value which reflect the evolution of the city and of the entire county).
The Museum of Printing and Old Romanian Books is also a must see if one is interested to find out more about the Romanian culture and its written art. This is the house of the Stolnic Constantin Cantacuzino, built in the second half of the 17th century, being the first typographical centre with large spreading inside and outside the country.
The Museum of Dambovita Writers is another famous place where one can find old Romanian manuscripts and documents, well kept genuine writings of the Romanian poets, non-religious and religious books and collections of old-century objects.
The "Vasile Blendea" Museum, a residence characteristic to the style of the 18th century, the "Stelea" Galleries, located in the former Museum of the city, the "Gheorghe Petrascu" House-Atelier and the "Gabriel Popescu" House-Atelier may also be interesting points on the map for the lovers of classical personal objects, photography, old style furniture, paintings, writings and mixed arts.
For the seekers of old times' charm and for those in search of the pure and unspoiled Romanian traditions and ancient legends, Targoviste is the best city to go to. All restaurants and pubs are created in medieval style, serving mostly traditional recipes besides the well known international dishes. Hotels are also not hard to find as Targoviste is one of the tourist attractions in Romania.
Source: blog.worldlifetimejourneys.com, romania-insider.com