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"The Black Church" Brasov Things to Do Tip by mvtouring

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by mvtouring

The Black Church, is the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Service is still held today for the small German community from Brasov on Sundays. The Black Church was built between 1385 and 1477 on the site of an earlier church. The church was given its new name after disaster struck again in 1689, when the 'Great Fire, leveled most of the town, heavily damaged the church, blackening its walls. Restoration took almost 100 years. The church is built of friable grit stones and andesite arranged in cubic shape. That's the reason why the statues placed on the exteriors couldn't survive the time and had to be replaced by new ones. The oldest statue still standing belongs to Saint Peter and it is to be seen on the Southern part of the church.
The church comprises six portals, representing different architectural styles from Gothic to Renaissance style. The portal placed on the East side of the church was built in 1436 by Matei Corvin. He also added a fresco to the interior gate. Inside the church there are three naves split by pillars. Gothic elements mix with Baroque. On the Southeast portal there is a fresco, dating 15th century, representing Saint Mary sitting on a throne with Jesus in her arms, surrounded by angels and Saint Ecaterina and Barbara.
On the North side there is a Golden gate with a small portico placed somewhere between the buttresses.

Address: Court J. Honterus 2, Brasov

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  • Written Jan 16, 2007
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