Gorj

Cartianu House

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  • LMI (Historical Monument List) Code: GJ-II-m-A-09264
  • Location:

    Cartiu Village, the Commune of Turcineşti, Gorj County.

  • Access:

    Cartiu Village is approx. 12 kilometres away from Târgu Jiu. Once you exit Târgu Jiu and drive towards Petroşani, you will arrive at a crossroads with a communal road that will take you to Turcineşti. From the central area of the commune, there are just a few kilometres until the site.

  • References:

    Telephone: 0253/212044

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  • Original/current function: fortified dwelling/ ethnographic museum
  • Date: end of the 18th century
  • History:

    According to the oral tradition, the house was built at the end of the 18th century. It had been commissioned by the Cartianu family. In 1817, Pătru Cartianu built a brick wall church. During the revolution of 1821, Tudor Vladimirescu gathered an army of pandurs which he placed under captain Cartianu’s command. In the mid-20th century, the house was badly maintained and deteriorated severely. In 1974, the last owners, Tudor N. Cartianu and Maria T. Cartianu, sold it to the Gorj County Museum. In the following years, some important restoration works were carried out. Today the house is used as a museum.

  • Description:

    The thick brick wall building can be viewed as an intermediary type between the regular accommodation house and kula. The building has a cellar and two floors with accommodation rooms with wide windows. The stairs are located outside the building. At the first floor there is a gallery of wall arches, while at the highest floor there is a veranda with wooden pillars. The roof is shingled.

  • Conservation status: Very good
  • Bibliography:

    Ionescu, Grigore, The History of Romanian Architecture, Cartea Românească Publishing House, Bucharest, 1937

    Zamora, Luiza, Kulas, fortified boyars’ houses of Romania, Igloo Publishing House, Bucharest, 2007

    The archive of the National Institute of Heritage

Institutul Național al Patrimoniului         Administrația Fondului Cultural Național