The commune of Hărman, county of Braşov, and the residence village by the same name is located in Țara Bârsei, only 10 km from Brașov. The locality was called “Huntschprich” in the Saxon dialect and “Honigberg” in German, translated literally as the Mount of Honey. After the great exodus of the Saxons, most of the inhabitants are Romanians who have borrowed the customs of the ethnic groups. Nowadays, according to statistics, only 1.22% of the inhabitants are Germans and 2.28% Hungarians.
Hărman, the unconquered fortress
The Mayor of Hărman, Mihai Dishor, says that “The commune has an invaluable heritage, including the Fortified Evangelical Church in Hărman, built in the 13th century over the ruins of a Roman basilica dating back to the 12th century. The compound of the church is a historical monument included in the UNESCO world heritage. The commune of Hărman was a settlement known for the production of honey, hence the name of the locality, the existence of which was documented in 1240, 15 years after the Teutons were chased away. It is said that this is the only fortress in Țara Bârsei which remained unconquered.”
Heritage of the Orthodox Church
The Orthodox Church dedicated to the Assumption of the Mother of God (in Romanian: Biserica Ortodoxă „Adormirea Maicii Domnului”) located in Harman dates back to 1799, and is considered a historical monument. It was originally built of wood, and restored at a later date. The inscription carved in stone says that in 1754 there was a wooden church here. It was built in the shape of a Greek cross, and on the exterior, the architecture is a blend of Roman-Baroque style. The walls are one meter thick, and feature paintings on the interior and exterior. The church still owns some objects of historical value and cult books dating back to 1677.
“Vatra Hărmanului” Museum
In addition to the main tourist attractions, those who visit Hărman have the opportunity to see the life of the village as exhibited at „Vatra Hărmanului” Museum, starting with the design of the rooms and ending with the cultural heritage. The mayoralty invests in preserving the local customs and traditions, and supports and encourages the young generation to preserve the invaluable heritage.
Ileana Gafton DRAGOȘ