Sultănica’s Kula

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  • LMI (Historical Monument List) Code: AG-II-m-B-13807.01
  • Location:

    Within the Sultănica Complex, 400, Şuici village, Şuici district, Argeş county

  • Access:

    On Road 73C Curtea de Argeş - Râmnicu Vâlcea, about 14 km from Curtea de Argeş, to the right on the way to Şuici.

  • References:

    This is not a public building.

  • Original/current function: fortified dwelling/ out of use, abandoned
  • Date: end of the 18th century
  • History:

    In the 18th century, on the estate of Şuici, the Brătianu boyars built a church, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, and a kula, which a fire destroyed in 1913. On the same estate, at the end of the 18th century, the same family built another kula, named Sultănica’s Kula, after Sultana Tigveanu, who owned it at the beginning of the 19th century. This kula has an older central core, possibly taken over from another kula building existing in the first half of the 18th century.

  • Description:

    The kula consists of a very old building, which is the central core, to which were attached, at various stages, extensions on the North-eastern, South-eastern and South-western sides. It has two floors. The various building stages are to be observed by the sort of layout and building system used. The central nucleus, with a compact rectangular layout, has rooms covered with barrel vaults on the ground floor and the first floor. On the first floor, embrasures have been preserved to this day. Although ruined, the house still features a girdle, all around, except on its South-western extension, which is the most recent.

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  • Conservation status: Collapsed
  • Bibliography:

    Creţeanu, Radu & Creţeanu, Sarmiza, Kulas from Romania, Meridiane Publishing House, Bucharest, 1969

    Janecke, Wilhelm von, Das Rumanische Bauern – und Bojarenhaus, Ed. Konig Carol – Verlag, Bukarest, 1918

    The archive of the National Institute of Heritage

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