After exploring the lively City of Cluj and heading to the laid back Country of Maramures, in this post is the charming City of Brasov. With its rich history, architectures, citadels and surrounded by Carpathian mountain, Brasov holds many of Romania tourist attractions. It is also one of the most visited City in Romania.
I stayed in Brasov for three nights. It was not easy to leave when I just love to sit in Piata Sfatului and watch people move around without any rush. Everything was calm. The autumn season added color to the red and brownish roof of the old buildings around which walls were painted with varying colors.
Staying in Brasov wouldn’t be complete without passing by to this famous street, Strada Sforii or also known as the Rope Street. As narrow as it is, it is making noise as one of the must-see place. They say, it is one of the narrowest street in Europe which is around four-feet wide. It was fun passing through it. I passed by when I was alone. Then, during the walking tour, we had a long line passing through it as we can’t go side by side.
Nearby the Rope Street is the Synagogue. Curiosity made me go inside and visit the Synagogue. I was encouraged by a Jewish family I met before to go and just see. And to be able to know the difference. I am always hesitant to explore worship places alone as I don’t know the do’s and don’ts. But during my visit to the Synagogue, everything was fine. They even allowed me to take a photos. I’ve learned also about “kippah” the white hat that men use when inside the Synagogue as a sign of respect.
The Black Church is the one great worship place that cannot be missed in Brasov. It is so huge that it is too difficult to take a photo. (Or maybe I just don’t know how.) The photo below is the walls of the Black Church from the outside.
Photos weren’t allowed inside the Church.
To give you a glimpse of it, it was named Black Church after it survived the fire on 1689. Some frescoes inside the Church remained even after the fire. Large collection of Anatolian carpets are displayed inside the Church.
For me, my most amazing experience inside the Black Church is to hear the music from the 4,000-pipe organ. (I’m not sure, but it seems what I heard were the recorded one.) It was really impressive, that I think I’m in the one corner of heaven. Listening to those heavenly sound was far better than taking photos.
It is few of the many reasons why I love to have digital detox (sometimes) even for a few moment. Just my presence to that impressive moment in a solemn place was a heavenly experience for me.
During summer, they are performing concerts. That will be a perfect time to listen to the organ play.
There’s a saying, wherever you go in Brasov, God is there. Here’s another Church, The Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church. Exploring Romania tourist attractions will give you an idea about different architectural designs. St. Nicholas Church bears a mixture of Byzantine, Gothic and Baroque designs. On its ground is a museum (where you can see a very old printing press and old books) and a cemetery where some prominent Romanians are buried.
The Catherine’s Gate seemed to be nothing to me. But when I’ve learned its history, oh, it’s an honor to pass by it. Catherine’s Gate was built in 1559 and the only gate that survived attacks from the medieval times.
This photo shows the Brasov-sign as inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign. I took this photo during our Walking Tour and I cannot remember exactly if we went to White Tower or Black Tower as a viewpoint and be able to capture this scenery.
The Brasov-sign is in 3,133 ft. I went there through the cable car. I felt bored at the top though… It was a viewing point also to see Brasov City below. I didn’t stay long and took a hike going down. I regretted that decision hiking alone. It was already dark when I reached down. I even took the longer trail, I wasn’t aware that there are four trails. Nevertheless, that was an adventure (with added fear.)
And now, this photo. To be honest, I am not a fan of graffiti. But since following the famous blogger Derek of Wandering Earl, he mentioned about this graffiti Priveste Cerul being scribbled in some places in Romania specially in Bucharest.
Priveste Cerul means to look up at the sky. A strong message wherein we can associate lots of meanings.
I tried to search for it in Cluj, even in Maramures, to Sinaia, near metro stations but there was no luck. While in Brasov, I searched for it then I forgot about it. But for that moment after visiting the Black Church, I passed by to another way… and there, I found sprayed on the wall “priveste cerul.”
Brasov City is full of charm, beautiful and historical. I loved walking in its streets, sitting down on squares and let time pass by. From Brasov also, I took a guided tour to Sighisoara, Libearty Sanctuary and Bran Castle.