Leisure

If you want to spend your spare time without traveling with a car, you can take a walk through the city.

The city of Fagaras lies in the north-eastern part of the depression naturally delimited by the Fagaras and Persani Mountains and the Olt River that flows in the south-eastern and southern part of the Tarnavele Plateau. It lays on the relatively low terrace on the left bank of the river Olt, traversed by the old riverbed of the Berivoi river that flows now at west of the city.

Having an absolute attitude between 424 and 441 m, Fagaras is traversed from east to the west by the National Road 1 and lies at 66 km of Brasov and 76 km. of Sibiu. The nearest places are: Mandra village in the east, and Beclean village in the west each at 3-5 km far. On the southern side are the villages: Rausor, Ileni and Hurez, and in the northern part, at 4-10 km., the villages Sona, Felmer, Soars and Calbor.

Fagaras was first mentioned as a place at 1291. The signs of human life discovered here are even older. The document from 1291, the first mention of Fagaras, registered that the magistrate Ugrinus asked the king that these estates should belong to him, the Romanians themselves recognizing that these estates belonged to him. What the document states, as well as the archeological discoveries prove that the existence of place Fagaras is before the date of 1291.

Beside farming and animal growing and the home peasants' handicrafts existing in the entire region, in the Fagaras market town the organized handicrafts and commerce kept developing. The handicraftsmen get organized into guilds. The eldest mention of a guild in Fagaras dates back in 1590, when Maria Christierna offers a privilege for the shoemakers. The tanners' guild knew the greatest development, their products becoming renown countrywide. The Tanners Street reminds also today of that handicraft.

The most important historical monument of the city is the fortress, built at the end of the XIV-th century, on the ruins of a fortress built out of wood and earth. In the XVI-th century the fortress was transformed into a fortified castle. In the XVII-th century the castle becomes the royal residence, being inhabited for a while by the great ruler Michael the Brave.

Another sightseeing of our city is the romano-catholic church built in the XV-th century. Other monuments are the Brancoveanu church, built by the sovereign Constantin Brancoveanu in 1698, and the church 'Holy Trinity' built in the XVIII-th century.