Piața Sfatului

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Panorama of the square including the Brașov County Museum of History.
The square at night.
The square is around number 1 in this map of 17th-century Brașov.
The square in 1910.

The Brașov Council Square (Piața Sfatului in Romanian, former Marktplatz in German) is located in the historic centre of Braşov, Romania.[1] It obtained its right to hold markets in 1520, but it has been the place for annual markets since 1364, being visited by merchants from the country and abroad.[citation needed] The houses surrounding the square are historic.

A pillory, in the middle of the square, was used as a means for public humiliation, punishment and scorn.[when?][citation needed] Witches were also punished here, but the head of the shoemaker guild, Stefan Stenert, who opposed the entry of the Austrian army into Brașov, was also beheaded here in 1688. Until 1892, there were two wells in the square. The most important building in the square is the Council House, which was built in 1420 and is located in the middle of the square. This now houses the Brașov County Museum of History.

The Old Town, including the Black Church and main square or Council Square (Piața Sfatului), features medieval buildings in different architectural styles. Around the main square is the picturesque pedestrian-only Republicii street, the Black Church, former Council House, indoor and outdoor terraces and restaurants, the Orthodox Cathedral, Mureșan's House, the Hirscher House, and the Strada Sforii. On Tâmpa Hill, located on the southern side of the city, there was a citadel called Brassovia, and the remains can still be seen there, along with the Weavers tower and the cable car station going up to the top of Mount Tâmpa.

A local tradition holds that the children that the Pied Piper of Hamelin (Germany) sent underground appeared near this Brașov square.[2]

In the communist era, the Council Square was named "Piața 23 August" (23 August Square).[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Piata Sfatului". www.inyourpocket.com. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  2. ^ Burford, Tim; Longley, Norm; Brown, Thomas (October 2004). The Rough Guide to Romania. Rough Guides. p. 146. ISBN 1-84353-326-X. 

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