Câmpulung Muscel

This town has deep historic roots as a central seat of power in the feudal state of Wallachia. Together with the principality of Moldavia these two regions first formed the area we today know as the country of Romania.

Neacșu’s letter (Romanian:Scrisoarea lui Neacșu) is the oldest surviving document available in Old Romanian that can be reliably dated (Written 1521). It was sent by Lupu Neacșu, a merchant from Câmpulung, Wallachia to Johannes Benkner, the mayor of Brassó, Kingdom of Hungary (now Brașov, Romania), warning him about the imminent attack of the Ottoman Empire on the city of Belgrad and its implications to regional politics. Câmpulung was the first capital of the feudal state of Wallachia, until succeeded by Curtea de Argeș in the 14th century. The town lies along one of the most frequented roads to Transylvania, where travelers would make their way to the Bran Pass, 15 miles to the north. Câmpulung is host to more than twenty churches as well as a monastery and a cathedral, which both claim to have been founded in the 13th century by Radu Negru, the legendary first Prince of Wallachia.

Similarly to the project Callatis Cultural Garden, The local government of Câmpulung will develop a recreational area into a cultural venue and meeting place. With its rich history as a backdrop, the focus will be on modern expressions curated by the Casa de Cultura “Tudor Musatescu” and myself. More to follow …

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