Comana Monastery

Comana Monastery (Romanian: Mănăstirea Comana) is a Romanian Orthodox monastery in Comana, Giurgiu County, Romania.

Comana Monastery church

In 1461, the original Comana Monastery was founded and built by Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler) as a monastery-fortress.

Having fallen into disrepair, the original monastery was completely demolished and rebuilt in 1589 by Radu Șerban, future prince of Wallachia, Romania. Measuring 61 m × 56 m (200 ft × 184 ft), the new monastery was fortified with defensive walls and five towers. It was restored between 1699 and 1703 by Șerban Cantacuzino and again during the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1861, the foundation of the original monastery built by Vlad Tepes was rediscovered by Ioan Brezoianu. By 1960, the separate village of Vlad Țepeș had been established 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) west of Comana.[1]

During archeological work performed in the 1970s, a headless body, which may be that of Vlad Țepeș, known as Vlad the Impaler, was discovered on the grounds of the current monastery. Historian Constantin Rezachevici and others believe that he may have been buried here, near the battlefield where he was killed.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Rezachevici, Constantin (2002). The Tomb of Vlad Țepeș: The Most Probable Hypothesis. Journal of Dracula Studies, Number 4. Archived from the original on 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-08.[1] Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Rezachevici 2001.
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  4. ^ Oltean, L. J. (March 2009). The Cozia Manuscript. ISBN 9781442104440.

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