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Princely Church of St. Nicholas (Royal Church of St. Nicholas), Curtea de Arges
(2005)
Princely Court of St. Nicholas in Curtea de Arges
Built in the 14th century on the ruins of an older church destroyed in 1330, Biserica Domneasca of Curtea de Arges is the oldest church of Wallachia. Of elegant plan -- Greek cross inscribed in a square -- and proportions, the Princely Church is dressed on the outside in alternating layers of brick and stone, and filled on the inside with wonderful frescoes dating from the latter half of the 14th century. Restored in the 17th and 19th centuries and reconsolidated between 1911 and 1914, the church is also a prized archeological site where 14 tombs have been discovered. One of the sarcophagi, shown in this series of pictures, features palmettes, a cross, a Tree of Life, and a twelve-pointed star. Its treasures were equally impressive, testifying to the rich life and elegance of the feudal lords of Wallachia.

Here's a scene from the story of a saint killed by her own father. (St. Barbara? She was beheaded by her father, who was then struck by lightning.)
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