Black Church

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Black Church information

Location
Braşov , Romania
Address
Curtea Johannes Honterus 2
Telephone
+40 268 511 824
More information
www.honterusgemeinde.ro
Prices
adult/child 8/5 lei
Opening hours
10am-7pm Tue-Sat, noon-7pm Sun
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Braşov’s main landmark, the Black Church is the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul, and still used by German Lutherans today. Built between 1383 and 1480, it was named for its appearance after a fire in 1689. The original statues from the exterior of the apse are now inside.

The church’s 4000-pipe organ, built by Buchholz of Berlin in 1839, is believed to be the only Buchholz preserved in its original form. Organ recitals are held in the church during July and August, at 6pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Note the scrape marks outside the church; some locals swear it’s from soldiers’ sharpened swords from centuries past. Also the original construction was intended to have a far larger bell tower (funds ran out); see how small it is in comparison to the mammoth base.