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    Church Buna Vestire
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    Full of history...

    by pufunk Updated May 5, 2007

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    Favorite thing: PELES CASTLE-Located in Sinaia(44 km from Brasov),is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe.It was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I,who died here in1914.The building of the castle began in1873(Viennese architect Wilhem Doderer).Several other buildings,annexed to the castle is:Guard's Chambers,Economat Building,Foisor Hunting House,Royal Stables,and Electrical Power Plant.Karel Liman would later supervise the building of Pelisor('89-1903,the future residence of King Ferdinand and Queen Mary of Romania).The castle was built in wood,stone,bricks and marble and comprises more than160 rooms.The representative style used is German Renaissance,but can discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance,Gothic,German Baroque and French Rococo style.Peles is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with statues(sculptured by the Italian,Romanelli),stone-made-wells,ornamental vases and Carara marble.The architects used an abundance of wooden decoration,both for the exterior and for the interior of the castle,which confers a special quality to the building.Quite outstanding are the Big Armory Room,the small Armory Room,Florentine Room,Reception Room,Moresque Room,French Room,Turkish Room,Council Room,Concert Room as well as the Imperial Suite.Other exquisite attractions such as the statues,ceramics,gold and silver plates,the Meissen and Sevres porcelain,Murano crystal chandeliers,German stained-glass windows,walls covered with Cordoba leather,ebony and ivory sculptures,as well as the extensive weapon collections are worth mentioning.Peles Castle shelters one of the most important and most valuable painting collections in Europe,almost 2.000 pieces.Almost adjacent to Peles Castle is Pelisor("Little Peles").with 70 rooms feature a unique collection of turn-of-the century Viennese furniture and Tiffany,Lalique glassware.Near Peles castle is Foisor,a kings' residence with 42 rooms designed in the Swiss style.

    Fondest memory: DRACULA'S CASTLE
    Situated between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, right where you enter Rucar-Bran
    The first documentary attestation of Bran Castle is the letter written in 1377 by the Hungarian Ludovic I D'Anjou
    At the end of the 14th century, king Sigismund gave up the leadership of Bran Fortress in favor of Mircea cel Batran.
    The Fortress had an essential role in protecting the Hungarian king from the Ottomans and Tartars' invasion, coming from Wallachia through Rucar Pass. That's the reason why the inhabitants of Brasov built the Castle on their own work and expenses.
    Iancu de Hunedoara fortified Transylvania's borders and also the towers of the Bran Castle. He made sure the rights of the peasants were respected by the boyars who ruled the fortress. However, there were frequent fights between merchants and boyars.
    In 1498 the fortress passed under the merchant's possession and it was used mainly for treading. You should also know that it was a time when in charge of the leadership was a judge called "Judele Brasovului". Responsible for the defense of the castle was the permanent garrison: 2 guards and 10 - 20 archers and ballisters.
    The boyars. had the right to collect fees from visitors and peasants. The fortress had an extra income from: selling cheese, milk and muttons and from manufacturing wood. The peasants fought against the aristocracy for several times. In 1514 they refused to take action against Gheorghe Doja.
    In the 18th century the fortress was the house of the Austrians frontier guards. In 1836 Bran became the official border and the defense role of the fortress was no longer a priority. In 1920, the Brasov Town council donated Bran Castle to Queen Maria of Great Romania, who lived there with the royal family till 1947. Since 1947 the Castle is opened as a museum.

    Peles Castle Bran Castle(Dracula's Castle)

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    Emergency services

    by mvtouring Written Jan 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Ambulance / Emergencies
    Victor Babes 21, Brasov
    Phone: +40-268-961 +40-268-410999

    Fire department
    Brasov
    Phone: +40-268-981

    Information
    Brasov
    Phone: +40-268-951

    Mountain Rescue Brasov
    Colonel Buzoianu 8, Brasov
    Phone: +40-268-472461 +40-744-503585 +40-722-523298

    Police
    Nicolae Titulescu , Brasov
    Phone: +40-268-955

    Train times
    Brasov
    Phone: +40-268-952

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    A bit of history

    by mvtouring Written Jan 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The origins of Brasov as a medieval town are lost in the dark times. Archaeological discoveries mention life on this land since the Bronze Age, 60,000 years ago. The most impressive monument of the Antiquity is the Dacian Sanctuary of Racos, though, hardly accessible to tourists. Another testimony of life on this land is the Roman camp discovered in Rasnov, the former Northeastern border of the Roman empire. An inscription in stone reveals the ancient Dacian name of the land: Cumidava. The Dacian-Roman settlements (Brasov, Harman, Cristian, Feldioara) in this area stand proof that after the Romans retreat (the year 271) the inhabitants (Daco-Roman population) remained on this land.

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    Biserica Neagra

    by DPando Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The gothic church was built between 1384 and 1477. its black colour is dued to a fire in 1689.
    The name ?Black Church? was given to the main German Evangelic - Lutheran church in Bra?ov as a consequence of the catastrophic fire in the year 1689, when the entire city burnt down. The flames and smoke blackened the walls but the stateliness and grandeur of the church could not be destroyed.
    Among Romania?s cultural monuments, the Black Church, which is still dominating the medieval centre of the city, plays an outstanding role. It is for sure one of the most important and the most imposing monument created by the Transylvania Saxons during their 850 years of history.

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    Piata Sfataului

    by DPando Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The main square in the city where the locals gather themselves with friends and drink something in terraces and pubs around
    There is a nice square joined by the most comercial streets and very busy streets
    Str Republicii is the main and alivest pedestrian street crowded with shops and now after my visit cobbled new stones on the floor..it was under construction just in the center of the street (rebuilding)
    Other streets behind it doesnt have special interest or something to see

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    spooky school

    by Aurorae Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Architecture of Brasov is very original, there are some truly unique buildings, among them this school! Yes, believe it or not, this is a school where children go to study! It looks more like Harry Potter college, but after all, this is Transylvania... muahahaha (spooky laughter here)

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    icicles

    by Aurorae Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are around Brasov area in winter, you'd find lots of icicles hanging from just about anywhere, including trees! It is so charming, and gives extraordinary ornaments. They can be easily picked up and played with. They are especially lovely when they glitter on the sun.

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    multinational

    by Aurorae Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Brasov is a multicultural place, besides the majority of Romanians, there are also a lot of Germans and Hungarians living there. It is great to see the cultural diversity, inscriptions on several languages, and different cultural programs around the town. There are also Catholic churches, beside Orthodox ones (since Romanians are Orthodox).

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    Dreamy Winterscape

    by Aurorae Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Sun & ice, snow everywhere, freezing cold, but as beautiful as in the fairy tale! The road to climb the Râsnov fortress on the hill behind the little village of Râsnov is full of scenes like this, but they are the same all over the Brasov area, especially in the Poiana Brasov ski center, you can't escape dreamy frost scenes...

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  • Visit the classic sites, they're worth it!

    by tiganeasca Updated Feb 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Visit the tourist sites! Starting, of course, with the main square, which goes back centuries. On a nice day, you can sit out at a cafe, have a drink, and watch the people. It is a busy square, the heart of the city, and closed to traffic. There is a history museum in the buildings straight ahead and it is fascinating just to look around at the architecture and to soak up the atmosphere.

    According to the ancient story, when the Pied Piper led the children away from Hamelin, they disappeared underground, only to resurface...right here!

    the main square

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    Black Church

    by Nobbe Updated Jan 13, 2004

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    Fondest memory: The Black Church is one of the most important and doubtlessly the most imposing monument built by the German people from Transylvania in Their 850 years of history. The name "Black Church" was conferred to the main Evangelic - Lutheran Church of German language from Brasov after the catastrophic fire in 1689, when the whole city was actually burnt. The flames and the smoke blackened its walls, but the sumptuousness and the greatness of the church couldn't be destroyed.

    Black Church
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    Brasov

    by Nobbe Updated Jan 12, 2004

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    Fondest memory: Brasov and its adjoining region have much to offer in the form of history, culture, leisure and adventure. The city has a number of interesting historical monuments worth visiting. In its vicinity, there are important ski slopes, hiking trails, camping sites, etc., which are good for outdoor activities.

    Brasov
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    Brasov

    by Nobbe Updated Jan 12, 2004

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    Fondest memory: The entire region of Transylvania, including the county of Brasov, was once a part of the Roman province of Dacia. During the Middle Ages, this region was first annexed by the Hungarians and later on by the Turks. The tenacious Romanian people stubbornly resisted the invading Turks, under the leadership of men like Vlad Tepes (1456–75). Vlad fought against the Turks ferociously and earned notoriety as the ‘Impaler’ due to his strange nature. The life of Vlad has been immortalized as Dracula, the bloodthirsty vampire of a popular horror story. The notorious castle of Vlad is situated in the town of Bran, near Brasov. This region was incorporated into the Hapsburg Empire in 1799 and became a part of Hungary in 1867. With the independence of Romania in 1878, Brasov became a free county.

    Brasov
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    DRACULA

    by alirom Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: If you want to find out more about Dracula or Transylvania, then this is the place. Yes, Dracula was a real prince. And yes, Transylvania does exist. They are just a part of the rich Romanian history. The following is just a brief outline of the history of the people living between the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube and the Black Sea. Due to its geographical location, Romania was always the meeting point of political and territorial interests. The Romans, and later the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires tried in turn to take over this land. This makes Romanian History particularly interesting, as the local people always stood up against foreign occupation, managing to preserve its culture and traditions.

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  • IF YOU HAVE IN MIND TO COME TO...

    by pendula Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: IF YOU HAVE IN MIND TO COME TO BRASOV YOU ,PLEASE DON'T MISS TO SEE 'POIANA BRASOV' ,'THE BLACK CHURCH' ,AND A LOT OF RESTAURANTS,BAR'S AND DISCO'S.

    Fondest memory: BECAUSE I LOVE MOUNTAINS ,EVERY TIME I GO THERE I FEEL LIKE IN HEAVEN!

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