What to visit in Brasov – Harman Fortified Church

History is what defines us, is what makes us different, what makes us stand out. It’s something that I am sure you guys want to discover. But this is not your usual history lesson. I am not going to ask you to read volumes of Romanian history. No, this is a brief summary about the landmarks/ attractions/ places of Romania. I am sure you’ve seen pictures on the great wide web and maybe wondered… “what is this place?”

Starting from today, our friend Cristi Pitulice will provide us with some information for some of the places in Romania that you probably never heard of.

Written and photographed by: Cristi Pitulice.

What to visit in Brasov – This small fortification in Harman, as like all the Saxon citadels, was built around the old church. In 1240, part of the Teutonic legacy from the land of Barsa.

Substantially smaller in size than the one in Prejmer, the Harman fortified church was one of the strongest and most trustworthy shelters of Brasov. Today, it is one of the most impressive, well-preserved and beloved fortified churches of Transylvania.

Here are some fun facts about the fortified church of Harman:

  • It’s the only church of this kind to have shelter rooms and supplies right next to it.
  • Was the only fortified church around Brasov that lasted during the attacks of Gabriel Báthory in 1612.
  • A lot of Saxons from Harman left for Germany; now in their third or fourth generation, they passed their knowledge to their sons; the moral obligation to protect their church in Romania. Nowadays, the church receives donations from people all over Germany to preserve this wonderful church, even though most of them have never been here.
  • The benches inside the church were dedicated to women, around 1700, and did not have a backrest attached to them; it was said that the Saxon women were rich when it came to clothing and they had a big ribbon attached to their back. That’s why, the backrest would’ve ruined it.
  • Inside the fortification are two monuments that commemorate the fallen heroes from the 2 world wars. For each soldier in particular, they have their birth date and house number written on these monuments. But what’s interesting is that it the date of their deaths is not written, and that’s because nobody knows what those dates were.

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