Corbii de Piatră Monastery, Argeș

An ancient, mysterious place dug into the rock

Where is it and when is it visited?

Do you know where the Stone Raven Monastery is? Some, yes… Others, no … The Stone Raven Monastery (Mănăstirea Corbii de Piatră) is located in the village of Jgheaburi, Corbi commune, Arges county, on Manastirii street no. 110, communal road DC4, 55 km North of Pitesti. It can be reached by car via DN73 / DJ 731, and in Corbi there is a right sign and right again, in the center, as you come from Pitesti. There is free parking 100 meters above the entrance. The tourist attraction is open daily between 9:30 and 18:30. It can be visited with or without a guide. Both at the entrance, at the ticket office, you are offered this option, as well as during the exploration, if the neighbors of the place see you, they offer to give you information and help you see in the rock, that is, they highlight what you should see .

Why come to this place?

  • to visit a stone church
  • to identify the mysterious images and ask questions
  • to enter through holes dug in the rock and climb to the cross at the top for the panorama
  • to visit an authentic old house
  • to enrich yourself with another tourist experience

About Corbii de Piatră (The Stone Ravens)

The Stone Ravens Monastery (Mănăstirea Corbii de Piatră) consists of a 14th-century cave complex, documented in 1512, when the nun Magdalina, Neagoe Basarab’s aunt, founded the Corbii de Piatra Monastery. The Orthodox monastery was dedicated to ruler Neagoe Basarab and is dedicated to the “Assumption of the Virgin”, becoming a royal monastery. The monastery reopened in 2003 and services are held here daily. I asked why they call it a monastery… because I had not seen the cells, the monastic life at the church in the rock. The monastery is in the village, further on…

1. The cave church

Even from the street, the rock wall impresses in which we see hollows. We climb a little through the yard and at the base of the rock we find a huge parallelepiped hollow where there is a wooden bench. We turn to the left and there appears another huge opening in the sandstone (in the stone) like a basket, which is also blackened on the side of the rock. And further to the left is the cave church. The church is dug into the rock in a vertical wall 30 meters high and 15 meters long. The value of the church is also given by its very old painting, from the 14th century, with Byzantine influences. A unique element of this church is that initially it had 2 altars on a single nave. In the 19th century, a wall of the nave was damaged.

the rock wall where the cave church is located

hollow in the rock

Corbii de Piatră

icons

old icon

cave church

altar of the church

2. Medieval knights’ crosses and rock carvings

An indicator shows us that further to the left are the medieval knights’ crosses and the “petrified fish“, carved in the 10th – 12th centuries. In the rock we identify several carved crosses like the crosses of medieval knights. There are several of them and they differ slightly from each other. Above we are told where we can see the “petrified fish”. It is another enigma that gives rise to interpretations. The eye is certainly sculpted, but the rest of the shape is said to be natural.

cross

knights' crosses

crosses in the rock

"the petrified fish"

3. Latin cross and panorama

Arranged stairs bordered by a metal bar climb above the mysterious rock to the Latin-type cross with a removable pyramidal capital. Next to the cross is a viewpoint. It descends on the other side of the rock after walking a short distance “on the top of the stone”. Before the descent there is another branch to the left, in a place marked with signs, from where you go to the meadows. The path from there leads us to 2 other viewpoints and can continue for those who are careful even to the outlaw’s rock, which we will visit by another access route.

cross with removable capital

panorama

stone peak

this is where it goes down

rock

4. The blue, authentic house

We arrive down the street in a place furnished with tables and benches with umbrellas. In the first household on the right, we make another pit stop because here we have more to see… We were greeted by a welcoming lady, who stopped working in the garden for a few minutes for us… We were visiting the Blue House. It is an old house that belonged to the lady’s grandparents, now uninhabited, turned into a museum. Here we can see an authentic old house from Corbi. The house is 155 years old and has been preserved and is cared for by the daughter of the lady who lived here, a very welcoming host, who graciously and lovingly introduces you to the house, but also to the natural treasures in the back yard, which you can read about In continuation.

arranged place to stop

The Blue House

authentic interior

The Blue House

5. The petrified waterfall, the giant and other images in the rock

Behind the garden, the lady surprised us with what she showed us on the rock walls from which we had descended. We were going to admire the Waterfall and the Petrified Giant. Interesting, isn’t it? Do you have any questions? I have too. Continuing to look carefully at the rock, the imagination began to create other faces, shapes…. We see the Dacian flag, the sheep or the dog, the lovers, and then somewhere under the rock wall next to the waterfall there is a kind of well, I call it the baptismal font, where if you tap your foot in the silo you hear an empty sound.

the lovers

the snake

the Dacian flag

sheep or dog

font

Cascade

head of the fallen giant in the garden

The Petrified Giant

6. The rock of the outlaw Zdrelea

On the second visit to Corbii de Piatră we identified another interesting stone formation. The communal road that led us to the monastery is on the left, 200 meters before the monastery. An imposing rock can be seen from the street. It is the rock of the outlaw Zdrelea, which can be climbed on a path. Zdrelea was a leader of outlaws, he was originally from Corbii de Piatră and was a blood brother of Tudor Vladimirescu.

the rock of the outlaw Zdrelea

the rock of the outlaw Zdrelea

7. The wider panorama

From the Corbii de Piatră Monastery we return on the communal road to the national road crossing the valley of Doamnei, turn left on the national road and then on another communal road to the first right. It climbs in serpentines on the hill opposite the village. An annual festival is held here in a wide clearing. And here is also a superb lookout point to the opposite bank, namely to the village of Jgheaburi and the vertical sandstone cliff where the cave monastery is excavated. We will identify the places we visited a little earlier.

the village of Jgheaburi and the cave monastery

panorama from the opposite hill

Likes

In my opinion, the information in this place is very interesting. At Corbii de Piatră Monastery I liked the cave church, the legends and the authentic old house. I understand that efforts are being made to continue the improvements and better integration into the tourist circuit. It is a very well-rated tourist attraction on Google. Nearby, do not hesitate to visit the city of Pitesti.

This destination can also be visited when you come down from a hike in the Făgăraş Mountains, in the area of ​​Stana lui Burnei, Moldoveanu peak, Dara peak.

All the best!

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