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