Cristian commune, Brasov County, is a location from Tara Barsei (Burzenland), with a story told from generation to generation and distinguishing through its evolution. The old commercial route connecting the Romanian historical regions used to cross this region. Cristian locality is seen as an open door inviting the tourist to discover it and to learn about the life of Romanians and Transylvanian Saxons, who learnt to live together as a community. The locality was built around the two village centres, grew harmoniously, but kept its customs and traditions.
The archaeological remains certify the continuity of human life before the New Stone Age. Proofs from the Dacian period or from the Daco-Roman population were brought to light. They showed that the locals resisted over time and faced the migrating tribes passing through these lands. The colonization of Transylvanian Saxons and the arrival of Teutonic Knights in Tara Barsei brought a significant contribution to the development of the locality.
Tourists are tempted to discover this locality and what they want to see first is the Transylvanian Saxon church. Here is where they learn that a Romanic church was built in the 13th century, which was afterwards demolished in order to make room for the evangelical one (1839 and 1841). In case they are interested in the Romanian community from this village, they learn that a small wooden church was built in 1732, replaced by another one made of stone in 1795. Both the Transylvanian Saxon church and the Romanian one are historical monuments, emblematic for people from Cristian.
Invite to Cristian
"We suggest those who want to visit our locality to take a walk on the streets of Cristian, where they can see elegant houses with flowers at the windows and read the owners? names written on the houses. They should let their imagination run free and go back in time. This is a necessary way of approach for learning the destiny, the history and the memory of this beautiful location, renewing for hundreds of years and rediscovering itself", declared Mr. Serafim Dragos, the mayor of Cristian commune.