St Nicholas’ Cathedral


With forested hills rising behind its prickly Gothic spires, St Nicholas’ Cathedral is one of Braşov's most spectacular views. First built in wood in 1392, it was replaced by a Gothic stone church in 1495 and later embellished in Byzantine style. It was once enclosed by military walls; today the site has a small cemetery. Inside are murals of Romania’s last king and queen, covered by plaster to protect them from communist leaders and uncovered in 2004.

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1. First Romanian School Museum

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This venerable museum near St Nicholas' Cathedral time-travels into the history of Romanian education. Students have been educated on this site since the…

2. Schei Gate

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In Saxon Braşov, Romanians were banished to the Schei quarter in the southwest; entry to this quarter from the walled city was marked by the Schei Gate…

3. Weavers’ Bastion Museum

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On the city wall's southeast corner is the 16th-century Weavers' Bastion Museum, housed in Braşov's only 15th-century building. The simple exhibits…

4. Strada Sforii

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Formerly an access route for firefighters, Strada Sforii is one of the narrowest streets in Europe at 1.2m wide. Lurid tales have sprung up about Vlad…

5. Old Town Fortifications

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Old Braşov was once enclosed by mighty fortified walls, 12m high and more than 3km-long. Built in stages between 1400 and 1650, these walls and defence…

6. Black Tower

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This 11m tower, actually the same beige colour as Braşov's White Tower, is part of the town's old medieval fortifications. It last served as a watchtower…

7. Johannes Honterus Statue

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Standing outside the Black Church is a grave statue of Johannes Honterus, a Renaissance man who set up a printing press and established a major library in…

8. Black Church

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Romania’s largest Gothic church rises triumphantly over Braşov’s old town. Built between 1385 and 1477, this German Lutheran church was named for its…