Braila

Braila

Things to do - general

The settlement of Braila, located on the banks of the Danube River, was first mentioned in several Catalan portolan charts around the year 1325/1339 and in the 1350 Spanish Libro de conoscimiento {Book of knowledge} with the name of Drinago. In Greek documents the town was referred to as Proilabum or Proilava, an adaptation of its Slavic name, Brailov. From 1538–1540 until 1829 the town and its surroundings were controlled by the Ottoman Empire, who changed its name into Ibraila.

During the 19th century, the town became one of the three most important ports on the Danube River in the region of Walachia, the other two being Turnu Magurele and Giurgiu. Most of the goods exported from Romania where loaded and shipped from here.

Braila’s Old Town, severely damaged during the Russo-Turkish war of 1828-1829 and rebuilt in the 1830s, retains some of its 19th century grandeur when the city’s investors made fortunes in the shipping business and built elegant villas, some of which have been fully restored.

Romanian biologist and physician, Prof. Ana Aslan, founder of the Geriatric Institute in Bucharest  and inventor of the famous anti-aging Gerovital H3 formula, was born in Braila in 1897

Johnny Raducanu, Romania’s very own Louis Armstrong, founder of the Romanian Jazz School, was born in Braila in 1931.

Braila features one of Romania’s oldest electrical tramlines. Launched at the end of the 19th century the system is still in use.

The Old Town, spread aroundTraian Square (Piata Traian), features several points of interest: the Romanian Orthodox Church (Sf. Mihail si Gravril), which served as mosque during the Ottoman rule; theGreek Church built between 1862 and 1872, displaying frescoes painted in 1890 by Romanian artist Gheorghe Tattarescu; the 1865 St. Nicholas Church (Biserica Sf. Nicolae), the 19th century Maria Filotti Theatre – named after the Romanian actress, Maria Filotti (1883-1956), the Braila County Museum, and the historical Water Tower.

For a view of the nearby Macin Mountains, stroll through Braila’s public park, located above the bank of the Danube River.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.