15 May 2023
16 May 2023
Bran Castle (Romanian: Castelul Bran; German: Schloss Bran; Hungarian: Törcsvári kastély) is located in the central part of Romania and in the south-eastern of the historical region of Transylvania, at the border withanother historical region, Wallachia. The castle is well known as Dracula’s Castle, because of its association with the fictional character in Bram Stoker‘s Dracula. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie of Romania. We will start our tour discussing how the castle became the ‚must see’ of Romania and how this is perceived at a local level.
After coffee and traditional tasty snacks, we will embark on two very special experiences, dedicated to music as an interpretative medium, aiming to connect the present and the urban citizens with the architectural heritage and local communities around the city of Brașov. Musica Barcensis is a festival, organized by the Forum Arte Foundation, that every year colours the cultural life in the fortified fortresses of Burzen Land / Țara Bârsei. The concerts and events of this festival bring a breath of joy to the evangelical fortified churches in the Brașov area in the summer months. All of them become meeting places, refuges loaded with history and legend. The first session will take place in one of the fortified churches from the Saxon (German) villages around Brașov and the second one will take place in the Black Church.
The Black Church, Biserica Neagră in Romanian (German: Schwarze Kirche, Hungarian: Fekete templom), stands in the city of Brașov in South-Eastern Transylvania. It was built by the Saxon community in Gothic-style between 1383-1385 and 1480. The Black Church is the most important house of worship in the region which belong to the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania. It has the biggest bell in Romania (weighing six tones) and the richest collection of Anatolian carpets from the 15th to 17th centuries outside Turkey. A Lutheran service is held each Sunday for the small German community in the city and for the rest of the time the church is open to visitors as the most visited museum in the city of Brașov.
Such a special evening will end suitably with a wine tasting in Brașov’s charming city center. The last part of the post-conference tour will begin on Tuesday morning with a one hour tour of Brașov (German: Kronstadt; Hungarian: Brassó; Latin: Corona), the second most visited tourist destination in Romania. The tour will include a short stop at a small, but innovative museum that uses diverse interpretation techniques, Casa Mureșenilor Museum Brașov.
*if less than 20 people subscribe to the tour by March 31st, the organizers may consider cancellation