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How Brașov became Brașov

 width=The city below Tampa attracts thousands and thousands of visitors throughout the year. The origin of the city’s name is quite unclear, but it seems that it had several names, including Corona and Brasu.

A legend says that the 2 names Corona and Brasov would be explained by the legend of the Hungarian king Solomon. He buried his crown near a tree and this is where the Slavic expression “crono na grad tschop-lita” would have come from, from crono deriving Corona, and from fir – Bra(d)sov. Professor Pavel Binder explained in 1964 that the two names overlapped in time: Corona was the fortress, and Brasov its surroundings.

Another etymologist considered that the name Brasov is related to bîrsă /bărsă, with the variants bîrța /bârța. The Turkish-Bulgarian hypothesis claims that the name of the city – in Hungarian Brassó – derives from Bara-su and means “clouded water”.

Other historians say that Braşov was named after a river with the same name. Other researchers derive the name from the Brasovia fortress on Tâmpa.


In 1234 the name of Corona appears, this year being the year in which abbot Fredericus knows “Claustra Sororum «in Hungaria assignata est paternitas» Diocesis Cumanie Corona”.

In 1252, King Bela IV donated to his son Akadas a property located between the lands of the Romanians of Carta, those of the Saxons of Barasu and those of the Sekkus of Sebus. In 1271, the name of Brasu is mentioned, which refers to the town of Brașov or to Țara Bârsei.

Then the municipality is mentioned more and more often: Brașov (1294), Brassov (1295), Brasso (1309), Brassou (1331), Korona (1336), etc.


One thing not many people know is the fact that for 10 years – between 8.09.1950 and 24.12.1960 – Brasov was called Stalin City and was the capital of the region with the same name. Initially, Sibiu was considered for such an “honor”, but it seems that they changed their minds because “Salam de Stalin” did not sound good…


Here are some words that come from the name Brașov: Brașovean-Tradesman who sold goods from Brașov, Brașoveancă – Carriage or large carriage with a coviltir, Brașov-lies, palaver, Brașov Crate – Crate produced in Brașov, richly decorated in colors and very solid.

Whatever the real origin of this wonderful city, it is certain that Brașov is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Hotel Alpin awaits you to retire to the privacy of your hotel room after a long visit on the marvelous streets of Brașov.


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