Top 7 Historical Churches in Brasov

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, ©Alex Panoiu/Flickr

Brasov’s natural tourist potential is closely connected with its relief since the nearest Eastern and Southern Carpathians are able to satisfy the tastes and desires of all tourists, who are longing to practice either winter sports or summer sports. Three important resorts (Poiana Brasov, Predeal, Sinaia) offer tourists a wide range of winter and summer sports like skiing, snow boarding, driving snowmobiles, swimming, climbing, tennis and roller skating. The Prahova Valley in the Bucegi Massif is an unforgettable display of nature which is worth seeing. With many facilities for winter and summer sports, nice and cozy accommodation and very tasty cuisine, Brasov is one of the best places to spend a holiday.

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church

Saint Nicholas’ Church dominates the Schei District. First built in wood in 1392, replaced with a stone structure in 1495 and considerably expanded in the 18th century, the church is a true architectural masterpiece. With a mix of Byzantine, baroque and gothic styles, it features a slender tower and four corner towers. Like other medieval churches, it is surrounded by protective walls with large wooden gates. The enclosure shelters a small old cemetery where several prominent people of Romania are buried. The First Romanian School, now a museum, the Library and the Archives of Saint Nicholas Church also are found on nearby grounds.

Cemetery at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Brasov, ©Mark Iverson/Flickr

Franciscan Monastery

The monastery was built by the Lutherans in 1725 on the ruins of an old building destroyed by fire. Later, it was given to the Franciscans monks. It houses a 1729 organ.

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral

Located on the east side of the Council Square, opposite the Old Town House, the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral was built in a glaring Byzantine style in 1896 and displays some impressive interior frescoes and decorations. On Saturdays, brides and grooms line outside (being careful to avoid glancing at each other – bad luck) to get married here.

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral,© Alex Panoiu/Flickr

Saint Peter and Paul Roman-Catholic Cathedral

The cathedral was erected during 1776-1882 on the ruins of a church. It is the architectural masterpiece of the architect Iosif Carol Lamasch and it is considered to be the most representative building for the Baroque style in Brasov. The architecture of the main facade is pure Baroque and comprises a lot of decorative elements. The arches are decorated with geometrical figures and flowers. The coat of arms of the arch, sculptured in stone, has on one side Transylvania’s emblem and on the other one, Brasov’s emblem.

Saint Bartholomew Church

Considered the oldest architectural monument in Brasov, this church was built in 1223 in Roman architectural style mixed with early gothic elements. Inside, you can admire an ancient sundial on the southern side of the tower, as well as remarkably well preserved fragments of original frescoes.

The Synagogue

Synagogue of Brasov, ©Emmanuel Dyan/Flickr

By the end of the 19th century, there were approximately 1,200 Jews in Brasov, and a synagogue (based on a design by an Austrian Jew, Leopold Baumhorn) was built in 1901 in the neo-Roman/Moorish style.

Saint Martin Church

The church was built during 1787-1789 with the money donated by Brasov’s merchants and the help of few boyars from Tara Romaneasca. In 1931 Nicolae Iorga found inside the church the grave of Emil Brancoveanu and the grave of Brancoveanu’s sister. Its library keeps rare books belonging to Brancoveanu’s family.

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