Chiajna Monastery, Romania
On the outskirts of the bustling Romanian city of Bucharest sits the ruins of an unconsecrated monastery. While this foreboding stone edifice slowly crumbles, its superstitious legends remain strong and well-engrained in the minds of locals. Though the Chiajna Monastery was built as a place of peace and worship, it’s existence became something quite the opposite. Today, it remains a feared landmark to many. For those who believe these aging tales, the former church is both cursed and haunted by the dead!
Haunting and Curse of Chiajna Monastery
The Chiajna Monastery was built in the late 1700s but was doomed never to fulfill its purpose. Before the church could be adequately consecreted it was attacked by the Turks. They had been monitoring the construction of the church for some time and had mistaken it for a fortress. This was the first dark event in a sequence of many, which would lead locals to believe that the church was cursed.
Although the building had been stripped, damaged and is now in ruins, the church could have more life within it than a first glance alludes to. Despite losing its bell, some claim that its loud chimes can still be heard in the area during full moon-lit nights. Some say this could be those who lost their lives within the monastery calling out for help.
Stories of death at the monastery are plentiful. After the siege on Chiajna Monastery by the Turks, the building was to be shifted into a new purpose. It was eventually used to house individuals who had fallen sick to the bubonic plague. Sadly, suffering here was profuse and many died of their illnesses within the old church. Adding to this death toll are multiple murders that happened in the area during more recent times.
Perhaps, the most famous death and ghost at the Chiajna Monastery belongs to a young lady who was actually the daughter of Mrs. Chiajna. Supposedly, she was killed on her mother’s orders after betraying her. This young lady had simply run away with a lover that her mother disapproved of and paid the ultimate price.
Visiting Chiajna Monastery
The Chiajna Monastery is a ruin in an advanced state of disrepair. It is open to visitors daily, though you can only view the ruin from a wire fence that lines its perimeter. The ruin is likely unsafe to enter, having sustained great structural damage to its main tower as a result of an earthquake in the 1970s.
If you enjoyed this article, you might also find interest in the haunted Witches Pond, which also lies just outside of Bucharest.
Thanks for reading!
Posted by Tom Batt on November 6, 2019
Did you guys ever figure out how that dog got into that fenced-in area at that church somehow there was no gate
Posted by Amy on November 7, 2019
Hey Tom. We actually assumed the dog was a pet of a caretaker or someone who lived in the small property next to the monastery. He did appear to be fed, he just seemed lonely. I wish I could have taken him home with me.
Posted by Sophia Moise on November 7, 2019
Amy I can tell you that in Romania there are more haunted places that you can imagine however they aren’t documented sadly. Mostly only old people do know the haunted places but they dont speak English very Well so yeah great documenation anyways. Love from Romania
Posted by Amy on November 16, 2019
Hi Sophia! Thanks for reading! You are right, there are many haunted places in Romania. Just one of the reasons it is one of my favorite countries!
Posted by michael glenn on July 11, 2021
There are no remains of Vlad Dracula. However, he did leave a “doomsday box” buried somewhere in Romainia. Its supposed to be dug up and opened when the world ends. Hello Amy.
Posted by Amy on July 11, 2021
Thanks for sharing, Michael.