Churches of Brasov

Saint Nicholas Church

1, Union Square, Brasov

Being mentioned on historical documents since 1292 and referred to in one Pope’s Bull in 1399, the church was rebuilt in stone in 1495 with the main support of the voivodes Vlad Calugarul, Neagoe Basarab and Petru Cercel. The church is a true architectural masterpiece; a mix of the Byzantine, Baroque and Gothic styles. The final construction was ready in 1594.

Saint Nicholas Church dominates the oldest part of the city, Scheii Brasovului. Like other medieval churches it is surrounded by protective walls with large wooden gates. The enclosure shelters a small old cemetery where some famous people are buried. The First Romanian School, The Library and The Archives of the Saint Nicholas Church are also to be found here. The church holds precious paintings and icons signed by Misu Popp

Saint Bartholomew Church

247, Lunga, Brasov

Saint Bartholomew Church is considered to be the oldest architectural monument in Brasov. Built in 1223, this church is impressive not only for its silhouette in Roman style with early Gothic elements but also for its massive surrounding walls. One can admire the ancient sundial on the Southern side of the tower. Fragments of genuine fresco are amazingly well preserved in one of the chapels.

Holy Trinity Church (“Pe Tocile”)

57, Comuna din Paris, Brasov

The church was erected in 1824 by the priest Viona Pitis, with the help of the inhabitant of Schei. When the construction was finished the priest inserted a parchment imbued in oil, which reveals the history of Brasov.

Later on, the church was painted by the painters Misu Popp and Constantin Lecca.

Franciscans’ Monastery

7, Sfintu Ioan, Brasov

The Monastery was built by the Lutherans in 1725, on the ruins of an old building destroyed by fire. Later on, it was given to the Franciscans monks. It houses an organ (1729) with 18 scales, set on a gallery.

Roman-Catholic Cathedral (“Saint Peter and Pavel”)

19-21, Muresenilor, Brasov

The cathedral was erected during 1776-1882 on the ruins of a church. It is the architectural masterpiece of the architect Iosif Carol Lamasch and it is considered to be the most representative building for the Baroque style in Brasov. The architecture of the main facade is pure Baroque and comprises a lot of decorative elements. The arches are decorated with geometrical figures and flowers. The coat of arms of the arch, sculptured in stone, has on one side Transylvania’s emblem and on the other one, Brasov’s emblem.

Romanian Orthodox Cathedral (“Adormirea Maicii Domnului”)

3, Sfatului Square, Brasov

The building of the cathedral began in 1895 under the direct order of the archpriest Bartolomeu Baiulescu and was finished in 1896. “Adormirea Maicii Domului”, the masterpiece of the archimandrite G. Bruss, is a perfect copy of the Greek Church in Vienna. The only difference is the tower built above the parish house, which has elements belonging to the Byzantine style.

The Synagogue

27, Poarta Schei By the end of the 19th century, there were approximately 1,200 Jews in Brasov, and a synagogue (based on a design by an Austrian Jew, Leopold Baumhorn) was built in 1901 in the neo-Roman/Moorish style.

Saint Martin Church

12, Dealul de Jos, Brasov

The church was erected somewhere at the middle of the 15th century, on the ruins of a church documentary mentioned in 1395. Its architecture is very simple, the interior being covered by a wooden roof. The facades are not decorated. Saint Martin Church was preserved in its initial form.

Orthodox-Greek Church

12, Baritiu, Brasov

The church was built during 1787-1789 with the money donated by Brasov’s merchants and the help of few boyars from Tara Romaneasca. In 1931 Nicolae Iorga found inside the church the grave of Emil Brancoveanu and the grave of Brancoveanu’s sister. Its library keeps rare books belonging to Brancoveanu’s family.