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Brasov Romania Travel Guide
Welcome to Brasov, a picturesque jewel nestled in the heart of Romania’s Transylvania region. This enchanting city is a gateway to the past, offering travelers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.
Brasov’s history dates back to the 13th century when it was founded by the Teutonic Knights. Over the centuries, it thrived as a vibrant medieval trading center, fortified by thick defensive walls that still encircle its historic core. The iconic Black Church, a Gothic masterpiece, stands as a testament to the city’s rich heritage.
One of Brasov’s most enduring legends is that of the Black Church itself. The story goes that during its construction, a devilish storm darkened the walls, giving rise to its ominous name. Whether true or not, this legend adds to the city’s mystique.
Beyond its history, Brasov offers visitors a wealth of attractions, from the charming Council Square (Piața Sfatului) to the panoramic views from the Tampa Mountain. The nearby Carpathian Mountains provide opportunities for hiking, while the nearby town of Bran is home to the legendary Bran Castle, often associated with the Dracula legend.
Brasov invites you to step back in time, wander through its cobblestone streets, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Romanian culture and history. With its warm hospitality and timeless charm, Brasov is a destination you won’t want to miss.
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The Town Square (Piata Sfatului) Brasov Romania
The Saxons built fortified walls and seven bastions around the city that are still visible today, as well as ornate churches, elaborately trimmed buildings and one of the finest central squares in the country, said to be the spot to which the legendary Pied Piper led the children of Hamlin. Located at the heart of old medieval Brasov and lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the Town Square, known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is a nice place to rest and soak in the beautiful scenery.
The Brasov Romania Old Town Hall (Casa Sfatului)
Dating from the 13th century, the town hall was used as meeting place for the town councillors. The watch tower on top of the building is the Trumpeter’s Tower, and was used during the Middle Ages as a watchtower for warning the citadel inhabitants of approaching danger. Address: Piata Sfatuluileo.
The Black Church (Biserica Neagra)
The Black Church towers over the Town Square and the old town and is the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Built between 1385 and 1477 on the site of an earlier church that was destroyed by invading Mongols the construction was hampered by extensive damage caused by Turkish raids in 1421. The church was named The Black Church when the Great Fire destroyed most of the town in 1689, blackening the walls of the church. Restoration took almost 100 years. During the Summer (June – September) concerts are held with the 4,000-pipe organ dating from 1839. Brasov Black Church.
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From the 12th Century Brasov Romania was repeatedly sacked and attacked by the Mongols and Turks. The Saxons built fortifications around the town between 1400 and 1650, when outer and inner walls were erected, together with massive defense towers and gates. Part of the defensive wall, once 40 feet high, seven feet thick and two miles long, can still be seen today, though most was taken down in the 19th century to make room for the city’s expansion. Bastions were also built to allow the town to watch over the countryside and warn of approaching armies. Of the seven built only three remain – Graft Bastion, The Blacksmiths’ Bastion and the Weavers Bastion.
St Nicolas Church
Saint Nicholas Church was built in 1292 in the Gothic style, it was later redecorated with Baroque style architectural elements. The interior has frescoes painted by the renowned muralist Mișu Popp.
Eat Great Food
When we were in Barasov we ate superb food. From Haggis in a local Scottish pub (yes Scottish) through to the best steak I have ever eaten at a Argentinean steak house