In periods of decline of the city during the world wars, the churches have known, together with citizens, hard times, as the siege Sinan Pasha autumn 1595, when documents issued by Michael the Brave abound in record damage or looting Turkish-Tartar armies and fires in February 1658 in the reign of Constantine Serban times Eteria interventions of 1821 and the great fire of 1829. Most places were rebuilt, repaired, retaining its identity.
In prosperous times, under the rulers Neagoe Basarab (1512 – 1521), Matei Basarab (1632 -1654) and Constantin Brancoveanu (1688 -1714), were built many holy places, others were rebuilt, adorned, protected, so that are kept an impressive number centuries.
Open city, with defensive wall built only in the middle of the eighteenth century by Prince Matei Basarab, Targoviste was defended only by his belt and fortified monasteries. Impressive story of the Dealu Monastery, the royal necropolis of most important rulers of Romanian, and add Viforâta Monastery, Nucet Monastery, Bunea Monastery or Stelea Monastery.
Come to the Royal Court in Targoviste discover his stories! Bravely walk, the gate is awaiting for you too, as he saw them passing under arches of Mircea the Old, who puts the cornerstone, as Vlad the Impaler, Michael the Brave or Constantin Brancoveanu, to don’t mention only the most religious rulers of the Romanian Country.
In the eighteenth century, especially in the eighteenth century, princely ruler gave up the seat in Targoviste, leaving to carefully preserved the churches by the Boyar families and townspeople. Among the founders, we find alongside the royal family, the great governor Buzinca, Udrişte Năsturel or Constantin Cantacuzino, some of the foremost scholars of their time.
“My house is a splendid novel” testified John Alexander Brătescu Voineşti (1868-1946) about built house in Targoviste, between 1897 – 1898, which became, in 1967, the Dambovita’s Writers Museum. Subsequently, the museums in Targoviste series was completed, with new museums, art, history and memorial houses who became landmarks of the city today.
Citadel since the end of the XIV century, the town of Targoviste was embellished over the centuries with many churches. Concern raised by rulers or great noble families, they knew all stages of city development, constituting an important source for understanding the past.