Fagaras County Museum – present and past in the same building

Fagaras County Museum “Valter Literat” was built in 1923 based on the professor Valter Literat heritage collections. This building tells a story about this beautiful area using its picturesque, antiques and art exhibitions. All these things reveal the past of this area and also modern times.

Fagaras Fortress houses the Fagaras County Museum, exhibiting Roman artifacts, a collection of medieval weapons and traditional folk crafts.

The museum was under Valter Literat’s custody until 1951. In this year the museum has been awarded a permanent establishment and received the status of a state institution under the name of Fagaras City Museum. By order of the Ministry of Culture the name of museum was change in Fagaras County Museum “Valter Literat”, name that was preserved until today.

During time, the museum had a big influence in the historical and ethnographical Romanian research. Museum’s heritage mixed profile (history, ethnography, art) includes a total of 20 collections such as: archeology, weapons, coins, tiles, old books, documents, lapidarium, glass factory, decorative art and fine ceramics folk costumes, fabrics, custom icons on glass, wood art, crafts and so on.

The main exhibition presents the evolution of the civilization from Fagaras in a string of moments and significant events. Depending on the content of its heritage, the main exhibition was divided into three sections: the history of Fagaras (from the Bronze Age until 1 December 1918), ethnography zone (ceramics, textiles, costumes, rustic interior, icons and other beautiful objectives), fine art and decorative.

Every year, Fagaras County Museum delights visitors with unique exhibitions, paintings and pictures, on different topics. For example tourists could see paintings of young artists from Fagaras area. Also, tourists can admire the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem Anointing Stone, made some beautiful landscapes on Mount Athos in Greece and at the opening could listen hymns interpreted by students from Orthodox Theological School “Saint Constantin Brancoveanu”.

Another interesting exhibition hosted by the museum was the “Dresses, ornaments and representation in painting Saxon times”. It was found a world based on elegance and refinement: veil pins, belts and buckles of beaten gold and silver with precious stones.

This museum is ideal for a quiet day or a little stop in a place where the traveler can learn about Romanian culture and the city of Fagaras. Fagaras County has been declared for the first time in 1222 and is an amazing area located in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains.

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“At any age, man is a creature that feeds on stories. Therefore, the wealth measured in stories, gathered by the people across the globe, from house to house, from century to century, either spoken or in writing, exceeded any other human wealth” - Rabindranath Tagore


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