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Location

The Traditional Architecture Museum of Gorj County is located at about 12 km north of Targu Jiu, the capital of Gorj County, in the village of Curtisoara that is part of Bumbesti-Jiu town. Following the national and European road out of Targu Jiu to the north, take road 665 for about 2 km and the museum will be on the left side. The location is extremely peaceful and quiet, before the entrance in Curtisoara village, with beautiful views of the mountains to the north. The museum is open all days except Monday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Entry fee is about 1€ for adults, while the photo tax is 3€.

Presentation of the Traditional Archiecture Museum of Gorj

The fascinating Traditional Architecture Museum of Gorj County has been created around an important historical monument, the “Cula” of Curtisoara and its complex. “Cula” is a specific fortified house traditional to the region of northern Oltenia, only several of these buildings still being preserved. Starting with 1966-1968, this complex was restored and a traditional art collection was organized there. The museum eventually expanded and instead of just a few rural houses, it brought together more than two dozen buildings from around Gorj County, transferred in this space and restored. The present museum was opened in 1975 and contains unique treasures of traditional architecture of Gorj County, old wooden houses, churches, mills and other constructions that once existed in the countryside.

Some of the most important and interesting landmarks of the Traditional Architecture Museum of Gorj County include unique constructions with architectural, historical, cultural and religious value. The “Cula” if Curtisoara is a strong building with 1 meter thick walls, two stories and defensive features. The back side has a small tower accessible by a covered bridge. The complex of Curtisoara also includes an old church with beautiful old frescoes that depict Heaven and Hell in the vision of peasant artists.

Another highlight of the museum is the “Gheorghe Tatarescu” architectural complex that includes a beautiful cula building, a guest house, a splendid small chapel and several other annexes. Most of the other buildings are exceptionally well preserved or restored wooden houses, charming homes that were once full of life. Overall, the Traditional Architecture Museum of Gorj County is one of the few places in Romania and Europe where the past of village life can still be felt and admired. The different constructions are spread over a clearing with trees and a small river passing through. This creates a pleasant atmosphere and offers travelers an unforgettable cultural experience.