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Brasov, Romania (May 2006)

Brasov was founded in 1211 by Teutonic Knights and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels. Due to its medieval flavor, Brasov is one of Romaniaís most popular tourist destinations with its gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture. It is located the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains at the intersection of trade route that linked the Ottoman Empire with western Europe. Old Town Hall Square is a central point of Brasov with its colorful and ornate, baroque buildings. Brasovís Black Church is the largest gothic church in Romania. Its name comes from damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689, when flames and smoke blackened its walls. The Black Church can boast having one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe. A trip to Romania would be incomplete without enjoying the timeless medieval beauty of Brasov.
Brasov, romania cover page.
Brasov, romania cover page.
Map of Romania with the star indicating Brasov.
Map of Romania with the star indicating Brasov.
The clock tower of the Council House (1420) in the center of Council Square in Brasov.
The clock tower of the Council House (1420) in the center of Council Square in Brasov.
Council Square is the heart of a Baroque Brasov that is quintessentially Germanic.
Council Square is the heart of a Baroque Brasov that is quintessentially Germanic.
Council House now houses the Brasov Historical Museum.
Council House now houses the Brasov Historical Museum.
The Historical Museum tells the story of the Saxon guilds who used to dominate Brasov.
The Historical Museum tells the story of the Saxon guilds who used to dominate Brasov.
On top of the Council House was the Trumpeter's Tower, where the keeper of the fairs lived.
On top of the Council House was the Trumpeter's Tower, where the "keeper of the fairs" lived.
A little boy (& grandmother) feeding pigeons (the pigeons and the boy were having a good day)!
A little boy (& grandmother) feeding pigeons (the pigeons and the boy were having a good day)!
Another vantage point of Council Square (note all the pigeons by the little boy)!
Another vantage point of Council Square (note all the pigeons by the little boy)!
A Baroque-style pink building on Council Square (I don't know what it is).
A Baroque-style pink building on Council Square (I don't know what it is).
Close-up of Baroque-style building and people hanging out in the square.
Close-up of Baroque-style building and people hanging out in the square.
Pedestrian shopping street leading towards Council Square.
Pedestrian shopping street leading towards Council Square.
The Merchants Hall where guilds met. Apollonia Hirscher, the widow of a Brasov mayor, built it.
The Merchants Hall where guilds met. Apollonia Hirscher, the widow of a Brasov mayor, built it.
Typical Baroque style architecture in Brasov.
Typical Baroque style architecture in Brasov.
More Baroque style architecture in Brasov.
More Baroque style architecture in Brasov.
The steeple of Brasov's Lutheran Black Church. The Church took a century to complete.
The steeple of Brasov's Lutheran "Black Church." The Church took a century to complete.
A pleasant street in Brasov.
A pleasant street in Brasov.
Typical tiled roofs in Brasov.
Typical tiled roofs in Brasov.
Nice architecture at the end of a narrow Brasov street!
Nice architecture at the end of a narrow Brasov street!
The Hotel Corona where I stayed is one of the oldest buildings in Brasov and has huge rooms!
The Hotel Corona where I stayed is one of the oldest buildings in Brasov and has huge rooms!