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Romanian Orthodox Cathedral
The Romanian Orthodox Cathedral (Catedrala Ortodoxa Adormirea Maicii Domnului) was built in Byzantine style at the end of the 19th century.
The church itself is hidden behind an archway with a little courtyard. The interior is worth seeing due to its interesting frescoes and impressive decorations.
The Romanian Orthodox Cathedral is located on the northeastern side of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).
Address: Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Piata Sfatului 3, Brasov
St. Bartholomeus Church
The St. Bartholomeus Church (Biserica Sf. Batolomeu) is the oldest building in Brasov. It was constructed in 1223 and consists of early roman and Gothic elements.
Several sieges by the Turks in the 15th and 16th century led to destructions of the church. The last renovation dates back to 1842.
The church is surrounded by a cemetery where many Germans are buried.
The St. Bartholomeus Church is located about 2,5 km north of the city centre. To get there, you can take any bus which runs along Lunga Street. The bus stop is just in front of the Church.
Address: St. Bartholomeus Church, Lunga Str. 247, Brasov
First Romanian language school
The history of the first Romanian language school (Prima Scoala Romaneasca) dates back to 1495. At that time it was among the leading schools for Romanian people.
In the middle of the 16th century a printing press was opened in the building.
Most of the first printed books in Romanian were printed here. Nowadays the building houses a school museum.
The building of the first Romanian language school is situated on the grounds of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, which can be found at the large square Piata Unirii, in the old Romanian suburb of Schei.
Address: First Romanian language school, Piata Unirii 2-3, Brasov
Old Town Hall (Casa Sfatului)
The history of Brasov's Old Town Hall (Casa Sfatului) dates back to the early 15th century. The tower which was used as a watchtower was erected about one century later.
The front side includes a renaissance style loggia and the city's coat of arms which shows a crown in reference to Brasov's German name Kronstadt (Crown City).
Nowadays the building houses the County Historical Museum and the Tourist Office.
The Town Hall is situated right in the heart of Brasov's historic old town, just in the middle of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).
Address: Old Town Hall, Piata Sfatului 30, Brasov
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church (Biserica Sfantul Nicolae) is the oldest Orthodox church in Brasov and was constructed in the late 15th century on the spot of an old wooden church.
It was built in a mix of the Byzantine, Baroque and Gothic styles.
The walled church grounds are also home to a cemetery and the grave of Nicolae Titulescu who was a government minister and president of the League of Nations.
The First Romanian School, which is nowadays a museum can also be found here.
Saint Nicholas Church is situated at the large square Piata Unirii, which can be found in the old Romanian suburb of Schei.
Address: Saint Nicholas Church, Piata Unirii 1-2, Brasov
Catherine’s Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei) is the only remaining city gate from medieval times. It was erected by the Tailors' Guild in 1559.
The four small corner turrets symbolise that the town had judicial autonomy and therefore the right to decide on capital punishment.
Parts of the old town walls can be seen here as well.
The Catherine’s Gate is situated at the southwestern end of the old town, just next to the Schei Gate.
The history of the Schei Gate (Poarta Schei) dates back to the 13th century when Brasov was under Saxon rule.
Romanians were only allowed to enter the walled city at certain times and therefore settled outside the wall in a district called Schei.
The current Schei Gate was constructed in 1827 and repleced the old gate which was destroyed by fires.
The Schei Gate can be found at the southwestern end of the old town, just next to the Catherine’s Gate.
White Tower (Turnul Alb )
The White Tower (Turnul Alb) was built in 1494 and at that time it was part of the defensive walls which protected the city from the Turks and Tatars.
It has a semicircular shape and was renovated just recently. From the tower you can enjoy panoramic views of Brasov's old town.
The White Tower is situated on a steep hill just northwest of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului). You have to climb about 200 steep steps to reach it.
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)
The Black Church (Biserica Neagra) was built in Gothic style in 1477 on a spot of and even older church.
In 1689 the church was almost burned down by the Austrian Army. The name "Black Church" was derived from the blackened ruin.
The church is home to one of the biggest collection of Oriental carpets from the 17th and 18th century. The carpets were gifts of local merchants.
In one of the columns inside the church you can still see bullet holes from the 1989 Romanian revolution.
The entrance fee to the church is 4 RON (2007) and the church closes at 17:00 h in summer and at 15:30 h in winter.
The Black Church dominates Brasov's old town. It is located just adjacent to the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).
Address: Black Church, Curtea Johannes Honterus 2, Brasov
Romanian Revolution Memorial
The Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution commemorates the people who died during the street fights aginst the Ceaucescu dictatorship.
These street fights took place in December 1989.
The memorial consists of a large cross which is surrounded by the graves of the victims. All graves have a black and white photograph of the buried person.
The Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution is situated near the eastern end of the Central Park "Nicolae Titulescu".
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