Râșnov Fortress eyes EUR 5m rehabilitation

Râșnov City Hall wants to restore Râșnov Fortress within a project worth EUR 5m. Mayor Adrian Veștea informed the municipality would wait for the new 2014-2020 Regional Operational Programme of the European Commission to access funds for the rehabilitation.

The mayor said 24 new works are necessary to restore the fortress, which needs new indoor and outdoor carpentry, foundation and walls consolidation, restitution of the North tower and many others. The revamping process would take almost 3 years.

Râșnov Fortress is the third most visited touristic site in Brasov county, after the Black Church and Bran Castle. According to the mayor, 350,000 tourists have visited the fortress since the beginning of the year, with their number being on the rise by the year-end.

The upgrading works of the town’s historical center is expected to draw even more visitors, mounting to 500,000 per year.

The new skip hoist that can transport up to 700 persons per day from the mountain foot up to the fortress also contributed to increasing the number of tourists.

Râșnov Fortress is considered an A-type historical monument, shortlisted on the town’s patrimony five years ago.

The medieval citadel of today is considered to be built between 1211 and 1225, during the rule of Teutonic Knights in Burzenland. The fortress was built as part of a defence system for the Transylvanian villages exposed to outside invasions.

In 1850, due to the political situation and the diminution of the citadel’s defensive role, the fortification was abandoned, turning into a ruin.

The two world wars and the communist regime delayed the fortress rehabilitation and it was only during 1955-1956 that the citadel was restored for the first time.

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