Black Church (Biserica Neagra), Brasov

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See what survives of the Gothic Black Church (Biserica Neagra), blackened by smoke and flames of the great 1689 fire. The interior features a huge organ with 4,000 pipes, a cast-iron tabernacle, some late Gothic murals, and an extensive collection of Anatolian carpets. Outside, the architecture draws interest, as the church is decorated with portals, arches, and many sculptures. The ruined bust of John the Baptist in the choir section is the oldest surviving sculpture in the church. Look for the city's coat of arms beneath the statue of Mary and Jesus. Take a look at our Brasov trip itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Black Church (Biserica Neagra) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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As one of the largest and most visited cities in Romania, Brasov offers a full range of accommodations, from guesthouses and budget lodging, to mid-range and premium hotels. Stay in the historical city center, close to the famous Black Church, to fully enjoy what the city has to offer and to be near to the sights. It's best to book your stay in advance. If you find yourself in need of immediate lodging, find a reputable information center and inquire--avoid solicitors that may approach you in the train station regarding accommodations. Be sure to inquire whether or not your hotel provides hot water, as this is not always a given here.
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  • The church was full of beauty. It is wood and mortar. The thirty foot ceilings allow the choir to sound magnificent the bullet holes outside give dignity to the church  more »
  • I would be proud of my Church and why would not you be the same. The Black Church could have been so much more but after paying to get in Rude people and and no photos I was very disappointed. The Chu...  more »
  • The famous black church has nothing much to offer. Charge a fee but no photos allowed. Poor service by people near the door. Huge interior but not clean. More of German architecture.  more »
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  • Great cathedral in the heart of the city. On Sunday there is usually an live organ concert. It's an uplifting experience
  • Black Church ( pl Czarny Kościół) stands as the main Gothic style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of the most important Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania) places of worship in the region. Interesting place to visit during a sightseeing Romania.
  • According to historian, it is the largest gothic church between Vienna and Turkey. The church was destroyed in 17th century. As the walls were blacken by the fire and couldn't be renovated, it is called the Black Church. The church was subsequently restored, which took about 100 years. The church houses one of the largest organ in Europe.
  • When you look at it you get to see that this is the biggest building in the surrounding area. You'll also notice its' gray walls which are thought to be like that since a fire burnt Brașov. Once you enter it, you'll notice that it's not only the size that is impressive, but also the marble columns, the inside decorations, the organ and the entire medieval aspect this church has. Definetly worth visiting.
  • Great architecture, but might be a bit too touristy in terms of entrance prices a d souvenirs.