Thursday, December 11, 2008

bastionul funarilor

the ropemakers' bastion is in the middle of the south-eastern side of the brasov medieval walls and was mention in a document in 1416 . used to be 12 m high in a hexagonal form . it was almost destroyed in a fire in 1689 but rebuilt . the house inside was built in 1794 .

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

east side 2

more walls on the eastern side . on this side there used to be 8 towers and 3 bastions . 2 of the towers are still standing .

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

east side

we're moving north on the east side with the walls facing the tâmpa mountain . on this side there are 3 sports complexes and 2 playing grounds . and a lot of places to rest and relax with a great view .

Monday, December 8, 2008

bastionul tesatorilor 2

two sides on the outside and the inside of the linen weavers bastion

Sunday, December 7, 2008

bastionul tesatorilor

we will make a tour of the medieval fortification of brasov (check the map from yesterdays post) . walls , bastions , towers ... old rocks . 500 years ago these were some powerful defensive weapons . i don't think they saw much "action" but this was the point , to scare away the enemies . still , some parts were beaten but another kind of enemy : time ....ok , let's start with the "bastionul tesatorilor" = linen weavers bastion on the southern corner . today a museum that can be visited on the way up on tampa mountain , it is the largest medieval bastion in brasov and the best preserved among the seven initial watchtowers built around the city walls. it was first built during 1421-1436 and rebuilt in 1570-1573. inside the construction there are three main protective corridors. The wooden galleries surround a small central square.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

the old town

a good view of the old town from the tâmpa mountain . you can see that it is very clearly delimitated and used to be surrounded by fortifications , a huge defence wall which is still standing today on two sides the ones with the hills where the development of the city didn't ask for demolitions . in the recent years the walls , the towers , the monuments were renovated and at least we know they'll have a longer life .
the map and the model (at the history museum in the old council house - the one in the middle of the square) shows how the old brasov and the defence system looked like a few hundreds years ago .

Friday, December 5, 2008

half light

this is the old council square from the belvedere point . this square was the center of the old town brasov and it still is the most important place nowadays .

Thursday, December 4, 2008

layers / wind

this one is taken from the old council square so you can see layers of old architecture . "the black tower" (yes , i know it's white but there is another tower called the white tower) was erected between 1460-1494. It has a semicircular shape and it is 14m high.


strange weather today . very warm for december and windy . really windy . so windy that the christmas tree in the old council square which is 29 m high fell down . i didn't see it but i heard on the news . in 2 days we have the official opening for the holidays season with the light up so i hope they will fix it till then . fortunately nobody got hurt .

update : yes , the tree is down . so sad ... and i don't think they can fix it in time for saturday because i understand that it's broken .
picture from

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

a little piece of me

empty shells
middle of the week
new brasov picture tomorrow

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

muresenilor st

round ...

muresenilor st


i can't believe it's december . 4 more weeks from 2008 and i didn't do anything . do i still have time ? hahaha

Monday, December 1, 2008

national day

today is the national day of romania ... so , happy anniversary romania !

in brasov we had a special event , a religious ceremony for the relics of st andrew which are for the first time in brasov . st andrew is the patron saint of romania (and from what i know from jackie , of scotland also) , yesterday was st andrew's day , today is romania's national day ... so , you know ... hehehe

and a military parade in the morning

and fireworks in the evening

this is the church (st michael and gabriel) were they keep the relics until december 5th .

another church

today is st andrew's day in the orthodox calendar ... a church in brasov