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Matthew Haswell | profile | all galleries >> Romania >> Târgovişte tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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Târgovişte

The third capital of the Romanian principality of Wallachia, Târgovişte began as a market town in the 14th century. While the city played a certain part in the 1989 Revolution - Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu were tried and executed in the military barracks here - today Târgovişte is best known for its princely court complex and Chindia tower, established by Vlad III the Impaler. While a large chunk of the center was demolished and rebuilt during communism, enough of the old city remains to convey some of its former charm.
Stelea Church and nearby pension
Stelea Church and nearby pension
Twin domes of Stelea Church beneath the sun
Twin domes of Stelea Church beneath the sun
Ceiling and interior dome frescoes
Ceiling and interior dome frescoes
Beside Biserica Stelea
Beside Biserica Stelea
Historic villas along Calea Domnească
Historic villas along Calea Domnească
Dâmbovița History Museum
Dâmbovița History Museum
Brâncovenesc villa and bust of Vlad Țepeș
Brâncovenesc villa and bust of Vlad Țepeș
Grand old villa with stairtop plants
Grand old villa with stairtop plants
Curtea Domnească (Princely Court complex)
Curtea Domnească (Princely Court complex)
Entering the Princely Court
Entering the Princely Court
View over northern Târgoviște
View over northern Târgoviște
Panorama over central Târgoviște
Panorama over central Târgoviște
Princely Court ruins and Princely Church
Princely Court ruins and Princely Church
Turnul Chindiei (Sunset Tower)
Turnul Chindiei (Sunset Tower)
View of the Chindia Tower from within the ruins
View of the Chindia Tower from within the ruins
Arches within the court ruins
Arches within the court ruins
Princely Church
Princely Church
Biserica Sf. Vineri (St. Friday's Church)
Biserica Sf. Vineri (St. Friday's Church)
Stone cross beside Sf. Vineri
Stone cross beside Sf. Vineri
Princely Church and old court pillars
Princely Church and old court pillars
Biserica Stolnicul
Biserica Stolnicul
Pair of Brâncovenesc villas
Pair of Brâncovenesc villas
Old market town center
Old market town center
Old Primăria (City Hall)
Old Primăria (City Hall)
Historic post office building
Historic post office building
Police station in a historic villa
Police station in a historic villa
Afternoon view of the History Museum
Afternoon view of the History Museum
Liceul Vacarescu
Liceul Vacarescu
Civic Center with ugly Prefecture building
Civic Center with ugly Prefecture building
Stelea Church and statue of Mircea the Old
Stelea Church and statue of Mircea the Old
Drained fountain and neo-classical villa
Drained fountain and neo-classical villa
Metropolitan Church in Central Park
Metropolitan Church in Central Park
Ruins in front of the Metropolitan Church
Ruins in front of the Metropolitan Church
Statue of Mihai Viteazul and ugly apartment blocks
Statue of Mihai Viteazul and ugly apartment blocks
Small chapel and '89 Revolution memorial
Small chapel and '89 Revolution memorial
Equestrian statue of Mihai Viteazul facing the chapel
Equestrian statue of Mihai Viteazul facing the chapel