Sunday, May 3, 2015

MySpot: Brasov - The Rope Street

The Rope Street is 80 m long and its width is between 111 cm and 135 cm. 
It is mentioned in official documents from the 17th century 
as a street which aided the work of firefighters. 

Brasov - The Fog of the Early Dawn

"A thin grey fog hung over the city, 
and the streets were very cold."

Rudyard Kipling

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Brasov - The Synagogue

The synagogue is a beautiful Neoclassical building originally built in 1901.
It still functions and serves a very small, mostly elderly community. 
The inside is in terrific condition and has been beautifully restored. 

Brasov - Crown City (The Council House)

In the center of the square lies the Council House, built in 1420. 
The 58 meters tower, called the Trumpets Tower, is in fact much older, 
and was once a watchtower for approaching barbarians 
before being incorporated into the main building. 
It was the place where an alarm was sounded when danger menaced the city. 

What you see today is largely the result of an 81-year renovation after the great fire of 1689. Then, the pile was restored and completed with the Renaissance loggia 
dominated by the baroque facade 
bearing the coat of arms of the town - a crown with oak roots

The Council House was the decision-making center of the important businesses of the city

Brasov - Unchanged by Modern Times

Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site 
and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, 
Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance.

One of the most visited places in Romania, 
Brasov is fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains 
and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, 
as well as a wealth of historical attractions.