|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.82|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$5.55|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$313.23|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$15.13|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$42.65|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.22|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$83.76|
Curtea de Arges is located on the Arge? River’s right bank as it flows through the F?g?ra? Mountains in Arge? County; the city has a mountainous setting that is truly picturesque and a huge draw with tourist flying in on the plentiful cheap flights to Curtea de Arges. The city’s name literally translates to “The Court upon Arge?”, referring to its standing as the former capital city of Wallachia.
Book yourself in one of the fine hotels in Curtea de Arges and set out to explore the Cathedral of Curtea de Arge?. Dedicated to St. Nicholas, it is a 16th century monument, located in a monastery ground that is similar to a fortress made of stone; catacombs connect it to a tower on a hill close by. The construction of the edifice that resembles an elaborate Byzantine style mausoleum with Moorish arabesques is closely associated with the legend of a sacrifice by its creator. There are two domes, the one in the centre has two smaller cupolas in front, while the larger and higher secondary dome is situated in the annexe. Both the domes are crowned by upturned pear-shaped stones, carrying triple crosses, symbolising the Trinity. The ruins of the Arges Palace initially constructed by RaduNegru, Wallachia's founder in the 1300s, lend themselves to some wonderful exploration. In contrast, Curtea Domneasca or the Princely Church has been well-preserved with a number of restorations done; there are some superb examples of Byzantine frescoes that decorate the church built in the characteristic Byzantine style of architecture.
If you intend arriving by one of the cheap flights to Curtea de Arges, do not forget to visit the famous Poienari Castle; you can climb the 1,480 steps in about 30 minutes and enjoy the fabulous view of the surrounds from the top. The citadel was designed to act as a defensive fortress against marauders coming from Transylvania; Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes deployed the prisoners of war from Turkey to undertake the physical labour of constructing the castle. In 1888, some four centuries after its construction, a large part of the fortress collapsed and fell off the cliff, very much like Vlad's wife who had committed suicide during the siege laid by the Turkish.