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“Astounding collection of incunabili in old church school.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The First Romanian School

The First Romanian School
Piata Unirii no. 2-3, Brasov, Romania
0268/511.411, 0722.435.134
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Ranked #5 of 25 Attractions in Brasov
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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“Astounding collection of incunabili in old church school.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This is truly a gem in Brasov old town! The schoolbuilding - itself nicely restored- sits on the grounds of the St, Nicolas church and is maintained and well cared for by its priests. There is a wonderful old school room with its customary gadgets, but upstairs is a truly astounding collection of ancient, some very ancient books and not just bibles. There is an old printing press, which is demonstrated upon request, and the priests will sell you their books describing the collection in detail with illustrations (unfortunately only in Roumenian). This is a treasure of immense cultural value which UNESCO should take into protection - thefts have taken place already. The priest we talked to said he has a house with twelve rooms full of such ancient books, which were given to him in protection against the communist regime. He needs a team of assistants who read old chruch slavonic and cyrliic!!!!

Visited November 2013
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“WHAT AN INTERESTING EYE OPENER!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I was interested in the first Romanian school bc I am a teacher by profession. Upon viewing the tiny room with the original furniture, desks and materials for learning, it was really interesting to know that the building itself, the church and the contents found in the attic of the church hold so much about Romanian history that Communist sentiments want to remain hidden. According to my guide, the church housed thousands of important books and documents that dated all the way from 1100 ( medieval times ) and was hidden away throughout time from the destructive path of Communism. The books and materials are now housed in the museum ( the first Romanian School building on the 2nd floor ). There are books on macrobiology...the first bible ever printed in English....books printed in the 1400s...a page from the first SCHOOL textbook ever ( 12th century ). It was just so fascinating. As to why they are not housed in the National Museum or bigger museums in Bucharest.....it's due to the fact that the Communist spirit of the modern govt does not want to really focus on the rich, historical past of Romania ( the intelligentsia - their literature and materials ).

A rare, hidden treat! The type of museum or school building that remain " hidden " but should not be due to the breadth of archaeological literature material housed in it!

Visited October 2013
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“Back to school in the medieval times”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

It`s always nice to get back in the school bench, right? But how do you feel when the bench is part of the first classroom in Romania? Well, you just have to try it!

Visited April 2013
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“Nice all around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

It's not big, but it was a nice museum, showing old manuscripts, as well as the one room school house.

Visited September 2013
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“Nicely Kept School”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

You can see many old books and the style of teaching. They have many paintings and it is really interesting to see the old style & the first school of Romania

Visited July 2013
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