Urban Civilization Museum inaugurated in Brasov

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The first museum of urban civilization in Romania was inaugurated on Tuesday downtown the central city of Brasov.

This would be the first museum illustrating the urban universe of a Romanian city, the people in the city’s way of living, during the city’s history, with Brasov being a quite special city, museologist Ligia Fulga, the manager of the Museum of Ethnography in the Brasov City said at the inauguration.

The museologists involved in the most ample historical ethnology project in Romania so far, have chose to present the Brasov City from an anthropological perspective.

The museum reveals the role-played by the squares, as locations where people displayed their products, all such locations with their own specificity. There existed here the stores and workshops of the craftsmen, the cellars, the inns, the people’s homes.

All those reveal a world in motion, with people producing, buying and selling, arranging meetings between the, people who were arriving from Occident and also from Orient.

There were displayed both the products made by the Transylvanian Saxons in the Brasov area and by the Romanian craftsmen from the Schei area, who were processing and selling woven, coverlets, traditional clothes, animal skins, tin, silver jewelry, bedpans made from wood, lined and hempen clothes.

The 19th century’s urban life was illustrated with symbolic artifacts, B iedermaier furniture, women’s accessories and fashion clothes, fans and bonnets from lace, gloves, hatbands, pearls, embroidered velvet, with the most valuable piece being a costume made from embroidered silk and velvet, specific for the Transylvania Saxons’ noble class in the Brasov region.

The Urban Civilization Museum in Brasov was inaugurated in an important monument of civil architecture, representative for the public and private commercial spaces in the Transylvanian towns between the 16th and the 18th centuries.

With its attestation going back as far as in the 13th-14th centuries, located being in the old area of the Brasov City, the building with windows and doors in stone and with volts in the Renaissance style, was rebuilt in 1566.

The building, located downtown in the Brasov City, had been registered with the List of Romanian Monuments, in the category A, as a monument of national and international value.
Following the rebuilding works, specialists managed to preserve to our days the largest fresco existing in the entire Transylvania.

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