The road will always take one through Cristian, be it that you are a tourist set on discovering the beauties of this Transylvanian region, on your way to reach the Rosenauer Burg (the Peasant Citadel of Rasnov) or the Bran Castle. Reaching Cristian, one can easily get to Poiana Brasov – an area that once belonged to this village – or else to Câmpulung, as one leaves behind Moeciu, Fundata or Şirnea, keeping the trail that was once the trade route linking Transylvania to Wallachia.
It’s not unusual and by no way an exaggeration to speak of the pride the people of Cristian take in their village, with its history of oscillating between being called a village or a town. This should come as no surprise, viewing that Cristian, set on the National Route 73, by the Ghimbasel River, is one of the very few settlements with actually 2 centers of the village, the Romanian one, also known as “the cutun” and the German (Saxon) one. To this day, this old form of organization separating the two ethnical communities hasn’t impinged in the least on the charm of this administrative unity where Romanians and Saxons still borrow each other’s traditions in house-holding and construction.
With its bare 27 square kilometers, the village of Cristian has made proof of its real importance throughout history, keeping its ground against all thwarting assaults so that it has come to represent one of the villages with best managed opportunities, offering business grounds to Romanian and foreign investors in favour of its own budget.
The praise of this village as simply beautiful, as it had come as early as 1773 from Emperor Joseph II, has been proving correct to this day, as Cristian still stands as the model village to all villages in the Burzenland.
With its old name of Neustadt, the Saxons used it as one of the marking points of “das Burzenland”, a fact sustained by both the works of the illustrator Radu Oltean as by the historian Neagu Djuvara. To this day, Cristian has remained that well defined spot on the map of Transylvania, now showing a well tempered sense of modernity while keeping the traces of time and a few historical spots of the fabulous Middle Ages.
The village of Cristian is an open door, an invitation to discovering the story of becoming of a community.
Come visit the village whose name was chosen beyond doubt by the Christians who thus founded a settlement of humanity, bound to last forever! Within the boundaries of this spot, you can exclaim yourself as Lucian Blaga once has: “Eternity was born in a village.”
Have a stop in Cristian, you wanderer, and it will enrich you not with a sole image, but with the grandness of life!