Shops and fairs
"Flowers Fair" stands the merchants house that the townsfolk
call the "Podul Batusilor"; in this huge building the craftsmen
in town are in the habit of selling their goods. This building was erected
in 1545 by the order of Apollonia Hirscher, the widow of the late mayor.
The story goes that when the mayor's widow's only daughter dies, she
was buried adorned in valuable things. The guardian of the cemetery
wanted to steal the jewels from the corpse, but the girl woke up, for
she had only been stunned; he took her back to her mother. Overjoyed,
the widow paid for this house to be built and offered it to the town;
this is what people say.
of the streets and squares in Brasov were sometimes interesting and
referred to facts and people from long ago. I have already spoken of
the Horses and the Oxen Fair, right in the middle of the town, just
down from the Long and the Spinners' lane (now the Castle Street), and
we saw how much harm was done when their names were replaced by other
new ones, not in the least connected with Brasov. The "Wheat Fair"
was kept the same, because even nowadays the bounty people who do not
have rich lands do come and buy wheat for the wintertime from the Saxons
of the Bârsa County. The latter would display their golden-grained
bags along this "row" in the square. Certain trades gave their
names to the streets where these goods were sold: the Clothes and Boots
fairs, the Linen and Roses Rows. On the Hirscher street was the Fish
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