Monasteries

Polovragi Monastery is located in the contact area of Carpathians mounains with the Sub-Carpathians close to Polovragi Cave (which was under its administration for 300 years), at the entrance to Oltetului Gorges. The monastery is over 500 years old.

Polovragi commune gets its name from a rare plant that grows around these parts, „polovragi” being used by an old medicine man that lived in the cave and used it to heal people of stomach and bones diseases. At Polovragi, every year on July 20th, there is a big celebration that brings together people from Gorj, Valcea, but also Transilvania.

Icoana Monastery is located in Carpinis village, in Crasna commune, at the foot of Parang Mountain; is was built at the initiative of a priest that lived in the area, in 1997.

Crasna Monastery located in the village with the same name was built in 1636 by the great

Pitar Dumitru Filişanu, being a monk monastery.

Lainici Monastery – altitude 450 m. The name of the monastery is given by the pass in which is located, the word LAINICI being of Greek origin and meaning „pass through rocky mountains”. The old wall church was built in 1812-1813 on the grounds of an older wooden church in shape of a ship (built in 1770-1794). After 1990 a new church was built on the side of the old one, in shape of a Greek cross.
Close to the monastery, at an altitude of 750-800 metres, Locurele Hermitage is located, hallowed in 1860.

The ruins of Visina monastery, at the entrance of Jiu Gorges, was build out of stone under Mircea the Old`s reign (1386 – 1418).

Tismana Monastery is the oldest monastery in Tara Romaneasca. The builder was Monk Nicodim. The legend states that Nicodim wandered up the river valley and the beauty of the landscape convinced him that was the right place for the monastery, on Starmina rock, with a waterfall whose waters fall from 40 metres in the river. There were also other reasons for choosing that place: the trout from the river, the chestnut forest, walnuts and grape vines that grows wild, but also the historic events for maintaining Tara Romaneasca`s independence and stopping the catholic influences from gaining ground South of the Carpathians. On the back of a document of Lord Dan the IInd, rule of Tara Romaneasca, there are two dates written, namely that the church was hallowed in 6886, meaning 1377-1378 and that Nicodim died in 6915 (1406-1407). Close to the monastery the Ciocovina Hermitage is found.