"Black Church" Romania Things to Do Tip by Nobbe
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Initially known as Saint Mary's Church, the Black Church (14th-15th centuries) is the largest and the most impressive churches to be found in Romania. The church, renowned for its Gothic architecture, gets its name because it was burned down in the 17th century. It is said on this place it was a small chapel destroyed by Tartars in 1242. The building of the actual church began in 1385 and took a century till it was erected (1477). The year 1477 is written in Gothic letters on the front gate, the only piece made in wood that resisted the fire started by the Austrians in 1689. The church derived its name from its walls being blackened by this fire that destroyed all pieces made in wood, the ancient organ and the bells.
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