Hărman (România)

Hărman (GermanHonigbergHungarianSzászhermány) is a former Saxon village in Braşov CountyRomania. It is located some 10 km east of Braşov, in the Burzenland region of southeastern Transylvania.

Source: Wikipedia

The Harman fortress is located 8 km north-east of Brasov. It dates back to the 13th century when the Saxons built the original church in a Romanesque style which was restored in a Gothic style.

Strong walls and bulwarks surrounded the church and on its sides there were massive towers. Conceived in the architectural style of the time, the church has a 50m high tower surrounded by four small towers. The local population added new parts to the original church in order to make it more useful to their needs. The chorus was built in square shape with a vault looking like a cross. It was surrounded by two chapels, as were Halmeag and Bartolomeu churches, indicating the influence of the Cistercian’s style.

The most significant event in the history of the fortification is the building in the 14th century of a massive tower on the West side for protective purposes. Though besieged 47 times during the history it never surrendered.

Source: Transylvaniatrips

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Predeal (România)

Predeal is between Ploieşti and Braşov

Predeal is between Ploieşti and Braşov (for a better view of the map, click on the picture)

Predeal (Hungarian: Predeál, German: Schanzpass) is a town in Romania, in Braşov County.

An important mountain resort, Predeal is located on the Prahova Valley and is surrounded by five massifs: Postăvarul, Piatra Mare, Bucegi, Baiului and Fiţifoi.

The name is derived from the Romanian archaic form „pre deal” which means „on the hill” or from the Slavic word „predel„, which means „bound„, „limit„.

In the late years the town has known a remarkable boom in construction, with many well-off people from all over the country, having a mountain retreat in Predeal.

Predeal is the highest town in Romania with an altitude between 1033m-1110m.

William of Wied, Prince of Albania, died here in 1945. Predeal was the hometown of one of Romania’s less known poets, Mihail Săulescu.

Source: Wikipedia

Tourist Information centre in Predeal

Tourist Information centre in Predeal

A map of Predeal and surroundings

A map of Predeal and surroundings

Constantine and Helena Orthodox Church in Predeal

Constantine and Helena Orthodox Church in Predeal

BRD - Groupe Société Générale building in Predeal

BRD - Groupe Société Générale building in Predeal