The Lutheran Fortified Church in Cristian (Neustadt), Brașov County-Romania

Cristian, in German Neustadt, is a small village located near the city of Brașov (Kronstadt). Similar to the latter, Cristian was founded by the German colonists in late 13th-early 14th century; these were coming from Rhineland, Thuringia, and Wallonia, and became known as Saxons. Until well after the First World War, the majority of population…

Christmas Decorations Spotted in Brașov, Romania, in December 2019

The cosy Transylvanian city of Brașov has a lot to offer during Christmas season, too. The windows of the tall but narrow houses of the old town, aligned along the winding streets that all run until their meeting point with the square where the impressive Black Church is located, are filled with decorations. The chic…

Saint Nicholas Eastern Christian Church in Râșnov, Brașov County (Transylvania)

Saint Nicholas Church in Râșnov is a first-class historical monument, one of the oldest sacral establishments of Orthodox Romanians in South-Eastern Transylvania. Its building started in the late 14th century (1384) and it finished in the early 19th century (1823). The church was initially built in the Gothic style, which was rather rare for Eastern…

Entrance Gates of Houses in South-Eastern Transylvania (Râșnov/Rosenau and Cristian/Neustadt)

South-Eastern Transylvania, also known as the `Small Transylvania` or `Bârsa Land`, comprises several towns and villages roughly located in the lower basin of the Carpathian Mountains. Since medieval times, these were places inhabited by Saxons, Hungarians, and Romanians, and they represented stops on the trade route which eventually led, from the other side of the…

The Unnoticed Details of Sibiu

Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt, name taken from its Saxon settlers of the 12th century, has its well-deserved place on the map of Central Europe. This city of Transylvania, a region that occupies the central and north-eastern part of Romania, is mainly famous for its architecture, which boasts a happy blend of medieval and pre-modern…

Ceramic Objects at the Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung (Argeș county, Romania)

The Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung, located on Republicii Boulevard at no. 5, is hosted by one of the oldest houses in town. The house was built in the first part of the eighteenth century, in 1735 more precisely, and it belonged to a local boyar of the time, one whose name was Ștefănescu. The building…

Lutheran Churches of Transylvania (Locations: Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Râșnov/Rosenau, Prejmer/Tartlau, Hărman/Honigberg)

By its position, being the southeastern border of Hungarian Kingdom, and, afterwards, of the Austrian Empire, the Principality of Transylvania was a strategic place. Throughout the medieval time and early modernity, it was endowed with the mission of defence from invaders that might come from Central Asia. Of the entire Principality, a special focus would…

Always Look Up: Rain Pipes, Flag Pole Holders, and Weather Vanes on Some Buildings in Northern Transylvania

When looking to a construction built in any of the turn of the century architectural styles, ranging from Art Nouveau to Gothic revival, people usually admire the facade and its ornaments made of pillars, bas-reliefs, or other human and floral representations. The roof parts have their own share of admiration too, but it is also…

`Street Lites`: a Transylvanian City

Kronstadt (German), Brassó (Hungarian), Brașov (Romanian) is one of the seven Saxon cities of Transylvania (the name, ‘Siebenbürgenʼ in German, means ‘seven fortressesʼ). It once hosted a multiethnic population, as its multiple names show (and we still haven`t added its Latin name, Corona), and, in the Middle Ages, it represented an important trade hub, via…