The Weavers’ Bastion is the largest and the best preserved of the seven bastions that defended Braşov in the medieval period. Situated in the south-western part of Braşov’s citadel, this place is very important in Romania, due to its unique 15th century military architecture. It spreads on a surface of over 1,600sqm, has a hexagonal shape and four levels and presents two watch towers.
The bastion, first mentioned in 1522, was built by the weavers’ guild in several stages. The first one took places between 1421 and 1436, when the bastion’s first two levels were erected, and the second one between 1570 and 1573, when the third one was built. Two towers represented the observation points from which the enemies’ moves were followed by the members of the guild during sieges. The watch towers and galleries inside the bastion made the bastion a true defensive fortress. The weavers’ guild kept its documents here, held meetings for military instruction and taught the apprentices how to weave.
At the beginning of the 20th century, after a long period when it served as a deposit, the bastion started to be used as a venue for cultural events (parties, theatre plays and opera concerts) in the summertime, due to its excellent acoustic qualities. Apart from this artistic utilization, the bastion now hosts a section of Brașov’s County History Museum, whose top attraction is a large scale model of the citadel in the 16th – 17th century.
Summer schedule (April 1st – September 30th): 10:00 – 18:00
Winter schedule (October 1st – March 31st): 9:00 – 17:00
Contact: tel: +40 268 472 368
How to get there:
The Weavers’ Bastion is situated within 13min walking distance from the Council Square. Take George Barițiu St and then turn left on Șirul Ludwig van Beethoven. At the roundabout, take Tiberiu Brediceanu Alley and you should see the bastion.
By bus: From Braşov train station take bus #51 to N. Bălcescu station and then walk to the bastion.