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Fagaras Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania

Fagaras, Sights - Museums and Memorial Houses

Fagaras Museum is a must see for any tourist visiting Fagaras sights due to its richness in artifacts and documents related to local history, culture and arts. The museum was created in 1923 using the personal ethnographic collection of Valeriu Literat, an important representative of the local cultural life. In time the institution enriched itself with numerous valuable objects and unfolded a rich historic research activity. The main exhibit represents the evolution of the Fagaras Land civilization and it is structured in three sections: The Fagaras Land History, The Olt Land Ethnography and the Virgil Fulicea Sculpture Gallery.

Fagaras, Sights - Natural Attractions

One of the main natural attractions within the city is the Central Park and the green area around the medieval fortress. The Central Park has a great location downtown and abounds in vegetation, it is a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon with children or friends. Near the Medieval fortress there is also a small lake which beautifully completes the landscape. The water surface is surrounded by old trees making the nearby alleys very attractive in the hot summer days.

Fagaras, Sights - Culture and Arts

Fagaras is located in an area with ancient cultural traditions, recognized for the beauty of its customs and traditional costumes, but also for the interethnic, intercultural and inter confessional cohabiting spirit. The city houses several important cultural institutions like the Fagaras Museum, City Culture House, City Library, art galleries, cultural clubs and more.

The City Culture House has a large auditorium with a capacity of 500 seats and two conference rooms. The institution houses for over 30 years the “Fagarasul” folklore group and the “Ceata Fagarasului” folklore group. These artists promote nationally and internationally the Romanian cultural values through traditional music and dance. They have won numerous prizes every year while touring in different Romanian cities and abroad.

Fagaras, Sights - Monasteries and Churches

There are numerous religious sights in Fagaras, most of them architecture monuments of national importance dating from the XVII and XVIII centuries. One of such attractions is the Saint Nicholas Church, the oldest religious edifice in town dating from 1697. A famous painter from those times, Preda, embellished the interiors, his signature being present on the walls of the church even today. Some parts of the interior were painted later in the 1772, on a rich local tanner’s expense. The interior impresses with its architecture, paintings, beautifully decorated windows with stone carvings, sculptures and other decorative elements. Timber was also used as a decorative element, sculpted after traditional methods and on some areas gilded with gold leafs. The beauty of the edifice inspired the construction of numerous similar places in Fagaras Land and also determined the authorities to declare it an architecture monument.

Other tourist attractions in town are the Evangelic Church, the Reformed Church and the Franciscan Monastery. The Evangelic Church was initially built in 1842 in neoclassic style by Cari Brukenthal, who had the major financial contribution. In 1753 the old church was burnt down, and a new brick edifice was built instead housing a very valuable Bible printed in German in 1544, being available for visitors to admire until today.

The Reformed Church houses several remaining colonnades, stone decorations and organ from the old church which was completely destroyed.

The Franciscan Monastery dates from 1737 when the construction began and was partially destroyed in the 1760 fire. The new building has a Rococo style and houses a beautiful 1895 organ. This monastery impresses with its architecture, interior court surrounded by elegant arcades and original solar clock indicating hours from 8 am to 3 pm.

Fagaras, Sights – Theatres

The City Culture House is the main place where locals can enjoy theatrical events brought by different touring companies from Fagaras and other Romanian cities. On several occasions children can enjoy here the Puppets Theatre, impressing every time with their costumes, scenery and captivating stories. A particularity is the “Commedia Del Arte” Medieval Theatre usually present in festival or other events related to the medieval local history.

Continue your exploration of the country with cities like Oradea and Iasi.

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