Saxon Fortified Church in Codlea

Coat of arms

Location of Codlea

Location in Brașov County

Location of Codlea

Coordinates: 45°41′49″N 25°26′38″E / 45.69694°N 25.44389°E / 45.69694; 25.44389Coordinates: 45°41′49″N 25°26′38″E / 45.69694°N 25.44389°E / 45.69694; 25.44389
Country  Romania
County Brașov County
Status Municipality
  Mayor Cătălin Muntean (PNL)
  Total 132.79 km2 (51.27 sq mi)
Population (2002)
  Total 24,286
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Codlea (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈkodle̯a]; German: Zeiden; Transylvanian Saxon dialect: Zäöeden; Hungarian: Feketehalom) is a city in Brașov County, central Romania.


Măgura Codlei

During the 13th century, the Teutonic Order built a fortress known as Schwarzburg ("black castle") near the "Măgura Codlei". The castle's name was first noted in 1265. The city of Codlea is believed to have been also founded by Germans. The fortified church in the city is the largest in the Burzenland historic region. Codlea was well known for its flowers and was called the city of flowers.


The Romanian name "Codlea" could be a derivation from the Latin *codella, diminutive from Latin coda ‘edge, rearward’ or it could be a derivation from the Slavic cotal ("kettle"), as the Măgura Codlei ("kettle hill") looks like a kettle. In Romanian, Măgura means 'big hill, mound, forest located on a high place'. The hill also provides the Hungarian name of the city Feketehegy ("Black Hill"). The German name's origin is unknown, but there is a theory that it was derived from Zeidler ("beekeeper").


As of 2011, 90.2% of inhabitants were Romanians, 5.6% Roma, 2.8% Hungarians and 1% Germans. As of 2002, 86.8% were Romanian Orthodox, 3.7% Roman Catholic, 3.1% Pentecostal, 2.2% Christian Evangelical, 1% Evangelical Augustan Confession and 0.8% Reformed.


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