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Brașov, The Black Church

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GPS Coordinates:
45,64100 N, 25,58798 E

The imposing building in the centre of Brasov was built during the 14 - 15th century. The construction started in 1383. The proportions of the Gothic Church laid out on the construction plan were huge: 89m long, 38m wide and 42m high. From the two towers planned, only one was built, a 65m high one. In 1421, when the construction work was nearing its end, Turkish raids caused extensive damage to the church as well.

The dangers having passed, the works continued, and the church was inaugurated in 1477, while the tower in 1514. In 1542, when the Saxon town accepted the reforms of Honterus and embraced the Lutheran religion the local Catholic church became Evangelical. The events in Transylvania in between 1143-1571 were recorded on the walls, but according to a book written by Balázs Orbán the list of the persons donating for the construction of the church was also present on the wall. Unfortunately the 1689 fire destroyed the recordings.

It is said that besides the main altar decorated with gilt silver statues there were also 22 altars, all extinct in the great fire. The difficult refurbishment and earthquake frequencies lasted almost 100 years and resulted in an interior with strong Baroque influences. In the interwar period, the statues on the choir pillars were replaced with copies, the original being also displayed inside the church. The Church boasts the largest and only functional Buchholz functional organ in Southeast Europe, with 3,993 tubes and 76 registers, which gives unforgettable moments to music lovers.

Here you can also admire Europe's largest collection of anatolian carpets from the 16th-18th centuries, fragments of 15th-century mural painting, a 1472-colored frescoes and many old objects. History of the church and restoration, as well as the life and work of the reformer Johannes Honterus (1498-1549), is presented at exhibitions that can be visited in the church.

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Open hours:

15.June - 15.September 10.00-17.00

16.September - 14 June 10.00-15.30

Contact: tel. 0040-268-511-824

fax.0040-268-511-825

You can speak with us in: Romanian, German, Hungarian, English

E-mail: Schwarze.Kirche@Brasovia.ro

gide@biserica-neagra.ro

The pictures of the interior were posted on the page with permission of Black Church officials and constitute their property. You may not download, copy or reproduce them!

May 2013

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