For visitors keen on architecture, here’s a guide of the most impressive or old, or both, civil buildings from Brasov. For making a complete tour of them as easy as possible, they are grouped according to the streets where they can be found.
The Old City Center
CASA ARMATEI or CERCUL MILITAR – THE HOUSE OF THE ARMY
1, Muresenilor St
Built by Constantin Iotzu, between World War I and World War II, it synthesizes modern architecture with the Romanian style characteristic of the beginning of the 20th century. The artesian well next to the building is the oldest in town( late 19th century).
9, Muresenilor St
The building still preserves some elements of the original one, built in 1550.
THE ROMAN-CATHOLIC PARISH HOUSE
19, Muresenilor St
It was built between the 16th and 17th century.
25, Muresenilor St
Quirky and charming would well describe this unusual family museum situated across from Brasov’s central square.It was set up in 1968 as a result of the Muresianu family descendants donation.It exhibits letters, photographs, newspapers, rare books, paintings,sculptures, furniture from the 19th century, heirlooms and keepsakes of the musical and literary members
and in-laws of Muresianu’s.
“JOHANNES HONTERUS” HIGH-SCHOOL
1-5, Curtea J. Honterus
Founded in the 14th century, the German school has been active since. The three buildings have been recently restored to their former glory.
THE PARISH HOUSE
2, Curtea Honterus
Built in the 14th century, it underwent many changes since, being last altered in the 18th century. What we can see today is a combination of Renaissance and Baroque elements.
50, Castelului St
The hotel was built at the end of the 19th century in a Neo-Baroque style with Viennese influence decorations.
“REDUTA” CONCERT HALL AND THEATRE
8, Hirscher St
The Eclectic styled building was built at the end of the 19th century.
STRADA SFORII-THE ROPE STREET
It is considered the narrowest street in Europe. It links Cerbului Street with Poarta Schei. It is 80 m long and its width is between 111cm and 135 cm (3.64 feet to 4.42 feet). It was mentioned in official documents starting with the 17th century.It was first meant to facilitate easier access to the city Centrex for the firefighters. The street was renovated in 2003 around 1.3 meters (4 ft.) wide. Newly renovated in 2003.
THE HIRSCHER HOUSE
14, Sfatului Square, Brasov
Casa Hirscher is an imposing house which borders the Council Square (Piata Sfatului). Apollonia Hirscher, the widow of Brasov’s mayor, erected it during 1541-1547. The house was a tribute to the city and its intended use was as a trade center for the merchants of Brasov. It was designed copying the merchandise halls from the old big cities of East Europe.It is built in Renaissance style. Since the first floor was the market for high-boots, the building was named “Podul Batusilor” (The High-Boots Attic). Above the entrance you still can see the Hirsher’s coat of arms.
Republicii Street is Brasov’s main pedestrian thoroughfare, leading away from the Council Square towards B-dl Eroilor. No cars are allowed here which makes it a popular place for strolling. The street is lined with shops, cafes and restaurants and it’s crowded but nice, especially in the summer.
17, Republicii St
It was built in the 16th century.
JUGEND STYLE HOUSE
22, Republicii St
The former building of The Romanian National Bank, it was erected at the end of the 19th century. It was built in Jugend style by the architect Schuller.
62, Republicii St
It was built at the end of the 19th century, Eclectic style, and it used to be the city’s most modern hotel, having 100 rooms with bathrooms, electricity, central heating.
THE OLD GRAIN STOREHOUSE
11, Piata George Enescu
The 14th century Gothic building used to be the city’s storehouse for the goods brought by Vallah and Moldavian merchants.
THE CITY HALL AND THE CENTRAL POST OFFICE
5-8, Eroilor Bulevard
They were both built at the beginning of the 20th century.
THE COUNTY HALL-PREFECTURA
5, Eroilor Bulevard
The former Court House was built in 1902.
THE ART MUSEUM
21, Eroilor Bulevard
This Neo-Baroque building was erected in 1902.
THE RECTOR’S OFFICE
29, Eroilor Bulevard
The former Prefecture of the city, the Neo Renaissance building was built in 1884.
33, Eroilor Bulevard
It was built in 1888, on the spot of a former bastion, by Manole Dimandi who offered it as a wedding gift to his daughter and her husband, Gheorghe Baiulescu, who was Brasov’s first Romanian mayor.
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
35, Eroilor Bulevard
The building of the Public Library, erected between 1926-1928, is a fine example of Neo Romanian architectural style.
BRANCOVEANU’S SISTER’S HOUSE
10, C-tin Brancoveanu St
The 18th century building still preserves some of Neo-Classic elements around the frames of the windows and of the main entrance.
BALASA BRANCOVEANU HOUSE
12, C-tin Brancoveanu St
It was built in 1793 in Brancoveanu style.The summer house in the yard combines eastern and Brancoveanu elements.
LA RATZA (AT THE DUCK’S) INN
22, C-tin Brancoveanu St
On the facade, there is the molding of a Turkish head,probably an indicator that the inn used to have Turkish guests, as well.
BRANCOVEANU LAMBRINO HOUSE
32, C-tin Brancoveanu St
The house dates back to the second half of the 18th century. It is a baroque building. The rooms are ornate with moldings depicting scenes from the Bible.
CONSTANTIN LECCA HOUSE
38, C-tin Brancoveanu St
It was built in 1731.
46, C-tin Brancoveanu St
Imposingly built on three levels, the 18th century house is a fusion of local, old Balkan and Brancoveanu architectural styles.
7, Piata Unirii (Square)
Built in the 17th century, it is a representative of the Romanian architectural style specific for the Schei District. It also belonged to the Brancoveanu family.
THE PROVINCIAL BAROQUE HOUSE
2, Pe Tocile St
It used to be Prince Constantin Brancoveanu’s house. It was built in a provincial baroque style, in the 18th century. It is a representative house for the Schei District style: an open porch with 7 arches resting on short, square-shaped pillars.
ANCUTZA BRANCOVEANU HOUSE
3-5, Vasile Saftu St
The house belonged to the Prince Constantin Brancoveanu’s daughter, Ancutza. It was erected in the 18th century. The style
is provincial baroque, to which the builder added some Brancoveanu elements: the porches and the interior moldings.
THE HOUSE WITH ICONS 1
15, Vasile Saftu St
Another provincial baroque styled house, it used to belong to a well-off family of shepards. Remarkable is the oil painting on the facade depicting the Christening of Our Lord.
THE HOUSE WITH ICONS 2
32, C. Lacea St
This house dates back to 1773.
NICOLAE TECLU HOUSE
41, Prundului St
Built in the 19th century.
45, Prundului St
It was built in Neo-Romanian style in 1910 by architect G. Ducsoiu. It used to be the student hostel of ‘Andrei Saguna’ High School.
NICOLAE CIURCU HOUSE
7, Prundului St
This building was erected in the 18th century.
THE ” ANDREI SAGUNA” HIGH SCHOOL
1, Andrei Saguna St
A combination of Renaissance, Classic and Empire styles, the building was erected in 1851, designed by Brasovian architect Stefan Emilian.
THE OLD INN
2, Andrei Saguna St
The inn was built in the 18th century.