Overview

Welcome to Villa Prato - Brasov. The Villa is located in the very heart of Brasov, in the sunny part of Livada Postei near the main road to Poiana Brasov.

Right across the street there are Casa Armatei, Rector Building and George Baritiu Library. The historical centre of Brasov with the Black Church, Museums, shopping and walking area on Republicii Street and Piata Sfatului are only moments away.

The Old Town hall, Prefecture, "Sica Alexandrescu" Theatre, N Titulescu Park are within walking distance. Due to this location, Villa Prato represents the perfect choice both for tourists and business men.

Area history

The word „pratum”, used in the middle age, had many senses such as orchard or lawn, described the medieval walled cities’ outside area, actually an open zone to attacks, where we could find the houses of the outcast burgesses, inns for strangers, the “extra murros” (outside walls) households of some of the influential burgesses. As time passed through, these places became suburbs.

It was the suburbs were there was the Post office or „cursus publicum”. In the beginning of the 17th century, there were certified the so called Post Stations, which were in fact nothing but inns with large rooms, dormitories and stables for coach horses. Each post station was given a large lawn to provide for the horses and the rest of the animals.

There were numerous Post Stations in the big walled cities of Transylvania like Brasov, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Medias. They were the silent witnesses of the major events in the history such as invasions, treaties’ signing, political personalities’ assassination, personalities’ calls etc.

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In the 18th and 19th centuries along with the growth of the cities and industrial suburbs, the posts’ lawns were absorbed in the urban cities’ plans and became parks, promenades and leisure, botanical gardens and buildings zones.

Therefore the post of Brasov posted in the north part of the city is a vivid example. Outside the walled city, there were a couple of big inns among which “The Big Inn” near Livada Postei and “The Golden Stag” on Lunga Street which connected The Old Town to the Walled City.

These ones hosted diverse people such as Levantine merchants, Armenians, Greeks, Moldavians and Walachia’s people. They were not allowed to stay over night in the walled city since they were not Christians, most of them being adventurers coming to Brasov for a lot of reasons, some for business, and others were bookish men, warriors, ambassadors, spies and even thieves.

In the 18th century the city expanded; the Post Station completely lost its importance in the 19th century along with the railways’ development, yet the land was to be transformed into a promenade called “The High Promenade”.