BLACK CHURCH ORGAN
Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. We stay at the Bella Muzica Hotel.
Black Church (Biserica Neagra), located in the heart of the city, is the largest gothic church in Romania. Its name derives from damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689, when flames and smoke blackened its walls. The interior is impressive and well-kept, housing one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe. The impressive 4000-pipes organ dates from 1839 and was built Carl August Buchholz (1796 – 1884), the prolific Berlin organ builder.
We have organized a private organ recital for our group, during which the Black Church will be closed to the public.
Romania is home to some of the best preserved medieval towns, castles, citadels and fortresses in Europe. A scenic trip following a route through the Fagaras and Piatra Crailului ranges of the Carpathians and the Persani Hills brings us to Fargas.
Today, this beautifully preserved fortress houses the Fagaras County Museum, displaying Roman artifacts, a collection of medieval weapons and traditional folk crafts. The museum also hosts a beautiful collection of icons painted on glass. A hydro bicycle ride around the moat (for those wishing to participate) is also planned. We lunch at Moeciu de Sus.