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The one church that I was told to check out and the one church I read about in books was Brasov's Black Church. Allegedly, this church is the largest Gothic Church between Vienna and Istanbul and who I am to argue that fact? It took the people of Brasov almost a century to complete (1383 to 1477) and is called the "Black Church" for its once soot-blackened walls, the result of ...
... region was repeatedly raided by Tatars,Turks and, on a couple of occasions, by Vlad Tepes. The towns fortifications survived these onslaughts, but those caught outside the walled city did not fair so well. When the Tepes attacked Brasov in 1460, they burnt the suburbs and impaled hundreds of captives along the heights of St. Jacob's Hill to the north of the city. On a side ...
... the journey.
Even the Romanian flag is unnaturally cheery. Bright blue, yellow and red. Not a crest, a critter or a star sign to mystify it up.
I know I'm going to turn a corner at any moment and see The Grand Budapest (Bucharest?) Hotel.
The day after writing the above I saw, a mime, a couple of gypsies, and for the triple word score, a chimney sweep. ...
... were Muslim, so it "stole their souls" as well, and littered the roadway where the much larger army of 60,000 Turks were travelling. This put the frighteners on the new troops, who eventually bricked it and headed back to Turkey. In Romanian history this was considered a great victory and for a short time Wallacia was a free and independent territory.
Our guide pointed out that life was pretty tough back in those times so beheadings, ...
Sadly, that night the Colorado snorer had left Brasov, and so the 'Snorers Den' unfortunately couldn't live up to its name. I considered complaining, but I didn't. Instead there were two Singaporean girls in our dorm, who were planning to travel to a small citadel up north called 'Sighisoara', which was somewhere I was very keen to go to.
"But actually, we're not going there any more," one of the girls laughed. "He talked us out of it."