The Black Church, which is one of the most famous landmark in Brasov, rises from
the North West of the Council square in the centre of Brasov and dominates the whole
Building work commenced in 1385 and took nearly a century to complete. Originally
called St Mary’s it was renamed the Black Church in 1689 after the great fire of
Brasov which destroyed many building and left the walls of the Black Church blackened.
The Black Church has become a symbol of Transylvanian art and is largest gothic
church between Vienna and Istanbul. The church is also renowned for its 4000 pipe
organ which was installed in 1839. Organ recitals are held every Tuesday ay 6pm and
can sometimes be packed out.
The church is also famous for its massive collection of Turkish rugs which were donated
to the church from merchants from their travels in the east.
The Brasov was greatly influenced by the reformation which spread like a wild fire
throughout the Saxon community which resulted in the Black Church becoming a Lutheran
To the south and the west of the church are the buildings of Honterus Gymnasium the
famous school named after the great apostle of the Luther’s Reformation in Transylvania.
A stature of him can be seen at the side of the Black Church