We want to thank the Black Church’s organist, Dr. Steffen Schlandt and Mr. Benjamin Ghegoiu, PR Black Church for kindly providing us with materials for us to documentate this article.When you put together these 3 words: classical music and Brasov, what is the first thought that goes through your mind? It certainly is something about the Black Church. For yes, this church is a fierce fighter and also a great one against the musical trends that massacre the concept of music.
What are the first 2 information we’ve definitely learned over time about the Black Church? The first is probably that it went through a fire (in 1689) from which comes its name, and the second is that this church houses an amazing organ. But there are many other things to discover about this famous building.
The Black Church in Brasov has a German name – “Honterus Community” and belongs to the Evangelical C.A. inRomania. The official website of the Community Honterus states that “The Black Church is the largest sacral building in Romania, the largest church hall east of Vienna and one of the largest medieval places of worship from St. Stephen’s Cathedral inViennato Hagia Sophia inConstantinople.”
The organ of the Black Church was built in the early days of romanticism and is the largest mechanical organ inRomania, and when it was built, it was among the largest organs in Europe.Since 1953, Buchholz organ (because that’s its name) became an attraction for many people both inRomania and abroad.The first concert at the new organ was supported by organist Carl Kloos on 19 August 1839. One of the Black Church Organists, Rudolf Lassel, who was born in Brasov area, came to sing even in front of Queen Elizabeth atPelesCastle. Two of the Queen’s poems were transposed on Lassel’s music. And even the building of Riegel organ at Peles is linked to Lassel’s name.
Besides the wonderful sound of the Buchholz organ, theBlackChurchalso holds the largest collection of Oriental carpets inEurope(XV-XVI) and the tower houses the largest mobile bell in the country (6,000 kg). Visitation schedule is as follows (information collected from the official website of the Black Church):
Summer semester (May 1 to October 31)
Tuesday – Saturday 10 to 19
Sunday 12 to 19
Winter Semester (November 1 to April 30)
Tuesday – Saturday 10 to 15
on Sunday 12 to 15
The church is closed to visitors on 2012 Evangelical holidays:
January 1, January 2, Epiphania (6 January) Palm Sunday (April 1), Maundy Thursday (5. March), Good Friday (6. February), Easter Sunday (8. February), Easter Monday (9 April), Ascension Day (17 May), Pentecost Sunday (27 May), Whit Monday (May 28) Reformation Day (October 31), Christmas Eve (December 24th) Christmas Day (December 25), the second Christmas Day (December 26th), Last day of the year (December 31)
Church is closed on 6 and 7 November 2012 for visitors.
The church is closed to visitors during religious services for students, religious weddings, baptisms and other special events.
The church is open on Orthodox religious holidays and public holidays if they are not on Mondays: Easter Sunday (April 15), May 1, Pentecost Sunday (June 3), 15 august, December 1.
Visitation cost is as follows:
Adults 6.00 RON
Students 3.00 RON
Children 2.00 RON
Persons with disabilities (with card) free entry
Here is when you can take part in one of the organ concerts:
June, September Tuesday at 18 – 18.30
July, August Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, at 18 – 18.30
8 RON / concert ticket
If you wish to visit the Black Church, we expect to Hotel Alpin where you can gather from the internet or from locals other information before visiting such an important sacral building. From Hotel Alpin to the Black Church there is a distance of 20 minutes by driving. You can find the Black Church in Brasov, J. Honterus Street No.2.
Info/ Photo sources:
SCHLANDT, Markus Steffen, 2011. Teza de doctorat cu titlul “Muzica de orgă în bisericile evanghelice dinBraşovşi Ţara Bârsei”, Academia de Muzica “Gheorghe Dima”Cluj-Napoca
fotograf Rahela Petrescu