13 Sights in Brasov

 

If you’re on a short visit in Brasov, then you should have a strict list to follow so as not to miss anything. There is a lot to see there, but it would be best if you stuck to the following 13 sights in Brasov:

The Black Church

It is one of the most representative monuments of Gothic architecture in Romania. Its original name was Saint Mary Church, until 1689 when the building was partially destroyed by a fire which blackened all of its exterior walls. After this event, the church got its present name: The Black Church. You can see there the largest church bell in Romania, an important collection of oriental carpets and a 4000 pipes organ.

The Black and the White Towers

Dating back to the 14th century, the Black Tower was built in order to keep the enemies out of the cities. It was also affected by a fire (in 1689) which is where it got its present name.  the White Tower is the highest fortified building in Brasov, 59 m far from the borough’s walls.

The ‘Schei’ Gate

Built between 1827 and 1828 by the merchants in the Schei neighborhood, this gate facilitated the access towards the city. It has three arches: two smaller ones for the pedestrians and a larger one for the vehicles.

The Orthodox Cathedral

You can find this holy place in the Council Square,the largest one in Brasov. It was built in 1896 after the model of a Greek church in Vienna.

The synagogue

It was built in 1899 by a famous architect, Leopold Baumhorn who studied in Vienna. The Art-Nouveau elements you can admire on the front wall have been added in 1915. In 2001 the synagogue was completely restored.

The county library

In 1887, Manole Diamandi built an impressive mansion as a wedding gift for his daughter who married Dr. Gheorhe Baiulescu, the first Romanian mayor of Brasov. Today, there are several cultural centers in this building, including the English and French libraries.

The Hirsher House

A valuable architectural monument, this construction was built in the 16th century by Apollonia Hirscher and it was meant to be a place where the merchants in Brasov would sell their goods.

Ecaterina’s Gate

It is built on four levels, with 4 little towers that in the 16th century signified that the citadel had the right to apply the death penalty within its walls.

The Old City Hall

In 1420 the city hall was built in the central square of the old fortress. It became known as the Council House or Rathaus (in German). At the beginning of the 20th century plans had been made to demolish it and erect a modern building instead but it was eventually saved by a strong mass media campaign.  From 1950 onwards, the building hosts the Museum of History of Brasov.

The first Romanian school

Though this may impress Romanian tourists more, try not to miss it. You have the chance to see the roots of Romanian education and experience what it felt like to be a student back in the 19th century (you can actually sit in the original desks).

The Ethnographic Museum

In keeping with the first Romanian school, you can see here how the peasants in South-East Transylvania lived centuries ago. The museum offers a very interesting presentation of how life was then, recreating the rural context trough authentic tools, technologies or products.

The Council Square

It is maybe one of the most visited sites in Brasov, mainly because it hosts many of the above-mentioned sights (or it is the departure point for the others). It is also the place where cultural events (such as the Golden Stag festival and other music events) take place.

Mountain Tampa

The last on the list of 13 sights in Brasov is maybe the most important. Visible from anywhere in Brasov, it has the name of the city written on it (Hollywood style). You can reach the top by means of a cable car, and then enjoy an impressive panoramic view on the whole of Brasov.

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