Situated in the old city center in the Council Square, the Council House is one of the most representative buildings of the city, housing the History Museum and the Tourist Information Center. It represents a tourist junction point, being close to other emblematic buildings of Brasov: The Black Church, the Blacksmiths` Bastion and the old fortress walls with the Graft Bastion and the exterior towers ? the White Tower and the Black Tower. All these sites have been rehabilitated with the support of Brasov County Council, the last of them being the facade of the Council House.
The Trumpeters` Tower
An agreement was signed between the Skinners` Guild and the District Assembly of Tara Barsei on December 23rd 1420 for the construction of a building on the place where the Council House was.
The records from the beginning of the 16th century mention the building of a tower surrounded by four small towers, which was a sign of the infliction of the death punishment. The guards watched over the city from these towers day and night, announcing by trumpets the lapse of time, the burst of fire or the invasion of enemies. The name of the tower has remained the Trumpeters` Tower up to these days.
A Passion for History
"The Council House is a historical building and an identification mark of Brasov. My passion for history and collection of old items made me start several projects for the rehabilitation of the historical heritage of Brasov in order to restore it to its tourists. Another investment is about to be made at the Blacksmiths` Bastion, attested in documents in 1529. It is pentagon-shaped and its role was to protect the northern part of the city. There are historical buildings dating back to the medieval period which add value to this city and increase the tourists` interest," said Mr. Aristotel Cancescu, Chairman of the Brasov County Council.
A Symbolic Building
Reasons to visit the Council House of Brasov:
- It is the city`s symbolic building;
- You will have the change to literally walk in the footsteps of the Judge-Mayor and his advisors in the Council Chamber;
- You will discover the history of bygone times;
- You will find tourist information materials;
- You will discover Brasov through pictures with the help of the information offered by the Council House` skilled personnel.