Carta Monastery: Haunted Abbey in Transylvania, Romania

Carta Monastery

Worn by time and now peacefully crumbling in the tranquility of the Transylvania countryside rests the ruins of the Abbey of Carta. This Monastery formed sometime in the early 1200s is actually the oldest gothic, fortified church within Eastern Europe. It is a breathtaking structure and although it is in an advanced state of decay it remains majestic. Though most make the pilgrimage to the Carta Monastery to take in its beauty, a darker, lesser known side of the monastery exists. The ruins of this church are believed to be one of the most haunted places in the whole of Romania.

Courtyard of the Carta Monastery, Romania.
Inside the courtyard of the Carta Abbey, part of the Carta Monastery ruins in Southern Transylvania.

The Haunted Abbey of Carta

This Cistercian Abbey in Carta was a tough place to live for the Monks, which inhabited it during medieval times.  They awoke each day at three in the morning to work hard during daylight hours, food was scarce, living quarters cramped and their average life expectancy was never more than around 40 years of age.

Haunted places of Romania- Carta Monastery.
Outside shot of the Carta Monastery church. Said to be a very haunted place in Romania.

This way of life led to many deaths within the Carta Monastery and the basis for its most famous ghost story. To this day many of the monks remain within the monastery, being buried in the courtyard of the abbey alongside soldiers from WWI. Many believe that their souls may have remained in the area of the monastery too. The most commonly reported paranormal activity to occur within the Abbey of Carta is sighting ghostly, white monks roaming around the ruins.

Old Carta Monastery, Romania.
Pathway inside the haunted Carta Monastery built in the 1200s.

Other burials within the abbey are also thought to have resulted in hauntings. Two unmarked graves were uncovered within a cellar during recent excavations. The remains found were from two men who were taller than 6.5 feet. This was quite odd back in the day when people were much smaller and shorter on average. It is theorized that these men were sent to the abbey to have them removed from the public eye, as anyone different in those days was usually ostracized by the general public.

Standing outside of Carta Monastery in Romania.
Standing outside of Romania’s haunted Carta Monastery.

Since their bodies were uncovered, strange, paranormal events began to occur within the monastery. It is said that the walls within the cellar they were uncovered inside of will aggressively vibrate at times, without explanation. Poltergeist activity has also been recorded in the cellar with objects being flung across the room. Additional poltergeist type activity has been observed in other parts of the monastery, particularly the church where chairs have been dragged across the floor by unseen forces.

Carta Abbey cemetery in Romania.
Graves inside of the Carta Abbey’s courtyard.

Though not related to any of the monastery’s true hauntings, the new film THE NUN (2018) is set at a monastery that shares the Abbey of St. Carta’s name. This adds infamy to the monastery, though it certainly was never haunted by a demonic nun.

Transylvania ruins of the Carta Abbey.
Looking at the ruins of the Carta Monastery and Abbey in Transylvania, Romania.

Visiting the Haunted Abbey of Carta

The small town of Carta rests in Southern Transylvania and is easily accessible by car. If you are like me and do not have access to a car in Romania the trek can be a little more difficult. There is a train station in Carta, though it is not serviced often or by any major lines. I stayed in the nearby town of Arvig and hitchhiked (which is a common method of transport in Romania) to Carta. To enter the abbey it costs a few dollars, which includes access to its small, connected museum.

Inside the church at the Carta Monastery in Romania.
Inside the church at the Carta Monastery, the only part of the structure that is still used today (as an Evangelical Church).

I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. If you are interested in researching other haunted ruins left by places of worship, the Las Ruinas De La Parroquia in Costa Rica are very interesting.

Carta Monastery, Romania.
Visiting the ghosts of the Carta Monastery, Romania.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Amy's Crypt Signature

Amy

About Amy

Amy is a world traveller and explorer of creepy locations. She has visited some of the most famously haunted places around the world in search of evidence of the paranormal. Follow Amy's Journey:

Comments (24)

  • Posted by Pam Hill on September 6, 2018

    This video is one of the best yet your a star or should i say stars!!!!!!

      Posted by Amy on September 7, 2018

      Thank you so much, Pam! Really appreciate you watching and that you call us stars!!!

  • Posted by Bertil Hoberg on September 13, 2018

    Very interesting and instructive! Very good quality of video and audio.

      Posted by Amy on September 13, 2018

      Thank you so much! I’m really happy to hear that and glad you enjoy these videos.

  • Posted by nova on September 18, 2018

    Thank you for this 🙂

      Posted by Amy on September 18, 2018

      No worries at all! Thank you for your comment!

  • Posted by Bruce on September 19, 2018

    I take my hat off to you for that story of the abbey. Very well done and informative. May I suggest a topic or two you might like to look into?

      Posted by Amy on September 20, 2018

      Thank you so much for commenting. Glad you enjoyed learning about the Carta Monastery. I would LOVE to hear your recommendations!!!

  • Posted by Sameera Pervaiz on October 6, 2018

    Thanks dear for spreading and sharing this information with us and you did it so well. GBU

      Posted by Amy on October 7, 2018

      Thank you so much Sameera. Glad you enjoyed reading my article.

  • Posted by Zainab on October 31, 2018

    Thank you so much for your effort and great information.

      Posted by Amy on October 31, 2018

      Thank you so much for your comment. Glad you enjoyed learning about the Carta Monastery.

  • Posted by Buddhika on November 8, 2018

    great amy keep it up..

      Posted by Amy on November 8, 2018

      Thank you so much Buddhika.

  • Posted by Denver Subramoney on January 4, 2019

    great story on the Abbey. loved it. hope to hear more from you.

      Posted by Amy on January 4, 2019

      Thank you so much for this comment! Really appreciate this! Plenty more coming in the future.

  • Posted by Aquib on August 2, 2019

    Nice and interesting video and thank you for sharing such awesome informations.. I am not so brave kinda guy in terms of paranormal activities but love reading and gathering real knowledge about such incidents. Love your blog. Thank you.

      Posted by Amy on August 3, 2019

      Thank you, Aquib! It is so cool to know that you enjoyed learning about this one.

  • Posted by William on August 10, 2019

    Thank you Amy what a great read . Kind regards William

      Posted by Amy on August 11, 2019

      Thank you so much for reading, William! That is very cool to hear.

  • Posted by Laura Pizzicara on September 29, 2019

    I applaud your most intrepid travels. Intriguing yet frightening…

      Posted by Amy on October 2, 2019

      Thanks for reading, Laura! I really appreciate this comment too!

  • Posted by Hank on November 6, 2019

    great movie, valak is a vampire in John Carpenter’s Vampires, with Dennis Woods.

      Posted by Amy on November 7, 2019

      Thanks for reading, Hank! Glad to hear you enjoyed the movie too. I wonder if he gained inspiration from somewhere to use the name Valak too?

Leave a Reply