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THE LEGEND OF THE MASTER BUILDER MANOLE

Curtea de Arges Monastery

The legend says that Prince Negru Voda (Radu Negru) the founder of Wallachia, with nine great masters and Manole the tenth, were looking down Arges river for a place to build the most beautiful monastery. During construction, because the walls of the monastery would continuously crumble, the Prince threatened to kill Manole and his workers.

Desperate about the way construction went, one night Manole had a dream in which he was told that, for the monastery to be built, he had to incorporate into its walls some person very loved by him or his masons. He told his masons about his dream, and they agreed that the first wife who would come there with lunch for her husband the following day, should be the one to be built into the walls of the monastery so that their art would last. Ana, Manole’s wife who was pregnant, was the one that came first and although the master asked God to stop her on the way, nothing couldn’t prevent her sacrifice. Ana’s edifying is the most exciting part of the legend. The unique Monastery was built, and Manole, remained on the roof, after removing scaffolding, from the voivod’s command, because he didn’t want them to build a more beautiful monastery anymore. Manole and the other builders made themselves light wings made of wood because they wanted to fly. In the place where his flight was broken, emerged a spring with clear water (Manole’s Fountain) which testifies today that the his soul remains immortal.

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