The Black Tower, the first defense tower in Brasov
The Black Tower is one of the first defense towers in Brasov, built in the 15th century. The Tower is one of the four observation towers of Brasov, built as an independent fortification located outside the city walls, over 11 meters high. Black Tower got its name after it was struck by lightning on July 23, 1559. What is amazing about it is that the tower is actually white. There are four floors inside, each reached by a narrow wooden ladder.
The Black Tower is located on the same line with the Blacksmith’s Bastion (today’s branch office of the National Archives), 31 meters away, on a rock coming out of the hill. The interior of the tower was provided with galleries on three levels, each with two firing holes on each side. They say it has been built as far back as the 14th century and its position on a rocky part of the city made it a vantage point both for defense and inside security.
Isolation has been used during 1756 epidemic plague, when there was imposed quarantine shelter for keepers who maintained the city.
After revamping in 2003 it enters between the sights of Brasov, as well as the White Tower, which entered the tourist circuit after renovations in 2000. White Tower is the second defensive tower built on the Warthe hill, mentioned in local documents dating 1460 – 1494.
The Black Tower exhibition presents artifacts made by many craftsmen guilds in medieval Brasov: tailors, blacksmiths and gunsmiths.
Black Tower has become one of the most important tourist attractions in Brasov, especially after the authorities arranged light sources at its base, highlighting the stone construction’s features.
Prices: RON 7 for adults;
Free for persons with disabilities;
Open from Tuesday until Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00 (17:30 last ticket); Monday – closed.