Braşov / Kronstadt / Brassó

Braşov is only some 150 km from Bucharest, but it is on the northern side of the Carpathian peaks, and it has a very different history. For most of the second millennium, Transylvania was controlled by the Hungarians and Habsburg and only fell into Romanian hands in 1920. Like many cities in southern Transylvania, Braşov was founded by Saxons. The Hungarians encouraged the Saxons to settle here to help with the defence against Turks and Tatars. For a long time the city was overly German, but in the 1970s Ceauşescu struck a deal with Germany permitting many of the Germans to relocate to Germany, and this appears to have accelerated after fall of Communism. Today, you mainly here Romanian in the streets.

The city is magnifique. Or more exactly: the old parts are. The moderns parts built during communism are the usual dull bunkers of concrete. I didn't take the occasion to take photo from the Central Station, but it's astonishingly drab. Instead what you will see are some exquisite samples of Central European architecture. (And in case you wonder what counts as "Central Europe", I say it's simple: Braşov in Central Europe. Bucharest is not.)

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1. Prefecture
 

2. Putzergasse
 

3. Age with Beauty
 

4. Revolution Memorial
 

5. Bulevardul 13 Noiembrie
 

6. B-dul 13 Noiembrie II
 

7. Catholic Church
 

8. Small Graveyard
 

9. 16th Century
 

10. Volksbank
 

11. Café Krone
 

12. The Gents
 

13. Putzergasse Houses I
 

14. Putzergasse Houses II
 

15. Old Town Street
 

16. Putzergasse Houses III
 

17. Piaţa Sfatului
 

18. String Quartet
 

19. Orthodox Cathedral
 

20. Piaţa Sfatului II
 

21. Black Church
 

22. In Need of a Face Lift
 

23. Synagogue
 

24. Residential House
 

25. Piaţa Unirii
 

26. Chapel on a Hill
 

27. Poarta Ecaterinei
 

28. St Treime
 

29. Small Chapel
 

30. Hill Fort
 

31. One More Elegant House
 

32. MCMI
 

33. Black Church II
 

34. View from Mount Tâmpa
 

35. Old Town View
 

36. Litter Interlude
 

37. At the Foot of the Mountains
 

38. Orthodox Church
 

39. Putzergasse Houses IV
 

40. Putzergasse Houses V

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