Sunday, 20 June 2010

Travel to The Black Church in Brasov Romania


Around 1384, the German community of Brasov began construction on the Black Church, or Biserica Neagră , in Romania. Originally a Roman Catholic Cathedral, the church was converted to Lutheranism during the 16th century by Johannes Honter, a Transylvanian reformer during the Reformation.

Now the time has come in which the Lord will awaken a new people unto himself.
~Johannes Honter

The Black Church was devastated by a fire in 1689 when the Hapsburg Forces invaded during the Turkish War. The walls of the church became blackened by smoke damage, and thereafter the church was known as the Black Church of Romania.

The Black Church is a vast architectural marvel displaying such designs as Gothic and Baroque. The bell tower stands 123 feet and holds one bell weighing 6 tons, the largest bell in Romania.

In 1839, an organ was finished with 4000 pipes. The organ is still religiously played during Lutheran services. The Black Church measures 290 feet long and has three naves of the same height. The old pews are designed in the Baroque wood working style and date to the early 18th century.

Standing out to travelers in the large oak door of the southern portal, bearing the date 1477; the bronze lettering, donated in 1472 by a merchant named Johannes Rewdel;and the outside painting heavily influenced by the Renaissance, painted in 1476.

The Black Church, although brimming with architectural history, has a collection of Anatolian carpets, protected by the sun by the installation of a special glass in the windows. The carpets were donated in the Middle Ages by Transylvanian Saxon merchants and they remain some of those most suburb ottoman inspired carpets in the world.

The cathedral is a major symbol of Braşov, and a museum open to visitors of the city center. A Lutheran service is held each Sunday for the small German community in the city.

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Steve said...
21 June 2010 at 11:40  

The Black Church looks like it would be fun to explore. I like churches in this architectural style too. They're really beautiful to look at. The background you provide on the Black Church gives it even more charm too.

Richard Wing said...
21 June 2010 at 15:27  

Another architectural wonder, Lauren. A friend who studied in Italy travelled through Europe and mentioned he was very fond of Romania and the countryside was treasured with magnificant architecture. This is definitely one of them. Awesome church.

Michele Cameron Drew said...
22 January 2011 at 10:53  

Beautiful article, Lauren! Blogged it on Spectrum. Romania is such a beautiful country and is steeped with culture and wonderful architecture. I don't know if I'll ever get to visit, but it's one of the places I've always dreamed of seeing...


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