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The Chindia Tower is a monument and is linked to legendary figure, Vlad the Impaler

Marija Georgievska

The Chindia Tower is a fortification in the Curtea Domnească monuments in Targoviste, Romania. It was built in the 15th century, during Vlad Tepes’s reign, over the porch of the Chapel-Church raised by Mircea cel Batran.

It initially had a military purpose, but during history it has been used as a guard point, a fire spotter and for storing and protecting the state treasury.

The Chindia Tower. Photo Credit

The Chindia Tower. Photo Credit

The tower is 27 m tall and it is constituted of a truncated pyramid shaped base of stone, from which rises a cylindrical structure made of bricks whose diameter measures 9 m. Known as the city’s symbol, the Chindia Tower is the most important tourist attraction in Targoviste.

The Chindia Tower, the most important tourist attraction in Târgovişte, is considered the city's symbol. Photo Credit

The Chindia Tower, the most important tourist attraction in Târgovişte, is considered the city’s symbol. Photo Credit

There are two theories on the origin of the name: the first one argues that the area was the site of many large feasts and festivals, known in Romania as chindia. The second theory was that the name originates from the word chindia, an archaism which means “sunset”. Neither of this hypotheses is fully recognized.

It initially had a military purpose. Photo Credit

It initially had a military purpose. Photo Credit

The construction has 3 floors, from which the last two are labeled on the outside by broken arch openings and by balconies supported by stone consoles. Inside the tower, there is an inner spiral shaped staircase situated on the vertical axis of the building.

The interior is divided into three levels separated by wooden floors and the climbing is made on a spiral staircase. Photo Credit

The interior is divided into three levels separated by wooden floors and the climbing is made on a spiral staircase. Photo Credit

 

The spiral staircase that lead to the top of the tower. Photo Credit

The spiral staircase that lead to the top of the tower. Photo Credit

As a monument, the tower now houses an exhibition of documents, weapons, and objects which belonged to Vlad the Impaler. Today, the tower is administered by the National Museum Curtea Domnească.

As a monument, nowadays, the tower houses an exhibition of documents, weapons and objects which belonged to Vlad the Impaler. Photo Credit

As a monument, nowadays, the tower houses an exhibition of documents, weapons, and objects which belonged to Vlad the Impaler. Photo Credit

 

Besides the festival, tourists can expect concerts and theatre shows. Photo Credit

Besides the festival, tourists can expect concerts and theater shows. Photo Credit

In June 2014, the first edition of the Dracula Medieval Festival took place here. The intention of the festival was to re-enact Vlad Tepes’ night assault against the Turks.

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