Friday, December 14, 2007

a Brasov treasure

From Piata Sfatului, follow the signs towards the St. Nicholas church. It's just a short walk away. Anyways, we'll take you there in August during the Romanian Language Summer School - it's a place where one MUST stop.
Why coming here? Apart from the beautiful old church, monument of art and architecture, you'll find the first Romanian school - dated back in the 14th century.
And as long as in Romania they say that it's the man making the place holly, we found a wonderful curator of this museum, a university Professor, with an inimaginable passion for Romanian language and it's history, a treasurer of these wonders. A treasure by himself. Too bad the authorities don't care about this, there are no money invested in this museum, nobody even knows about it (asked all my Romanian friends, going often to Brasov - no clue. And they are philologists too).
A group of young students from the Republic of Moldavia were visiting the museum and the church that day. We listened fascinated the lecture of the Professor, in the centuries old school room.
To much of our shame, after we left we realized we didn't ask him for his name. But I think the Professor suffices for now...
Thank you Professor, for teaching lessons they have not even heard in the university I attended...

PS: courtesy of Mr. Ro_Pumpkin, the name of this wonderful Professor is Vasile Olteanu. And I also forgot to mention he is also a priest, and he is pursuing now his second doctoral degree!

13 comments:

  1. G'day from Australia,

    I live in a country that is only two centuries old - and this school dates back to the 14th century!!

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  2. I work with several Romanians who have told me a lot about your country (and given me a CD with music. A very informative and beautiful post

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  3. We are doing a nice trip thanks to you, Lara. I don't know Romania but one day, one day!

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  4. Lovely photos - it's been too long since I've been in Brasov! I agree, it's wonderful to meet people who are passionate about their subject, it doesn't matter if you don't know much about the subject yourself, their enthusiasm is infectious!

    Thanks for your comments on Glasgow Daily Photo. Just to let you know, you've missed a letter out of your URL (it comes out as "blogpot" which I suppose is kind of cute!) so you're missing out on some hits via my blog! I'm going to sort out my blogroll in the new year so will make sure you get included :)

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  5. This is a wonderful sequence. Your commentary on the Romanian language brings to mind the relationship between the Irish language and the British government. Language and identity are one in the same in many ways, so language becomes politics, and when it is neglected so are literature and other arts. It's very upsetting. The professor is doing important work!

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  6. Beautiful photos and very informative and interesting post!

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  7. Thanks for sharing this discovery with us Lara. I find all kinds of history facinating and appreciate people, like the professor, who can tell history in a captivating way.

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  8. Hi Lara, I've not seen your blog before, the history and photographs are fantastic to look at and to read! You really get an idea of the church and its history from this post, and it must have a been a great lecture.

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  9. The professor is a library contained within himself and the students and visitors were lucky enough to browse the shelves of his mind.

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  10. Some lovely photos with lot´s of information. Quite funny... romanian and portuguese have some similarity, but then we both learned with the romans.

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  11. A very informative post with interesting comment for the fine pictures you presented. Very nice post. I'd like to visit there! Slackwater

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  12. thanks for this post .
    i'm surprised that your friends didn't know about this museum , but it's quite famous , not too many visitors though . the curator is the priest vasile olteanu

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