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  • it took 100 years to finish - Brasov
      it took 100 years to finish
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  • the main tower looks like the Ecaterina Gate one - Brasov
      the main tower looks like the Ecaterina Gate one
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  • inside, no pictures :-) - Brasov
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  • paintigs on the outside walls are a tradition - Brasov
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Being mentioned on historical documents since 1292, the church was rebuilt in stone in 1495 with the main support of the Romanian rulers from Valachia and Moldavia (Vlad Calugarul, Neagoe Basarab and Petru Cercel). The church is a mix of the Byzantine, Baroque and Gothic styles. The final construction was ready in 1594.
NB: Vlad Calugarul, the Valachian ruler who started the construction of this church, was the brother of Vlad Tepes (aka Dracula). While Vlad Tepes impaled many Brasov merchants for conspiring against him, his brother, who wanted the trone for himself, granted privileges to the same merchants and gifted the city with this church, immediately after arriving to power.

Saint Nicholas Church dominates the old Romanian suburb of Schei. Like other medieval churches it is surrounded by protective walls with large wooden gates. The enclosure shelters a small old cemetery where some famous people are buried - among them, Nicolae Titulescu, considered a brilliant figure in Romanian foreign affairs before WW II.
The first Romanian school, a library and the church archives are also to be found here. The church holds precious paintings and icons signed by Misu Popp.

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  • Updated Aug 1, 2006
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