Romania - Mountains, Monasteries and Medieval Cities

Day Four - Inside Viscri Fortified Church


An unspoilt interior hardly changed in three hundred years


There are two doors into the church. One has memorials to the dead of both World Wars. The number beside each name refers to the number of their house.

Viscri Fortified Church

At the back of the church, external stairs lead up into the gallery.

Viscri Fortified Church 

Just inside the church is a poor box.

Viscri Fortified Church

Inside, a wooden gallery supported on ricketty pillars, was added in 1724 and runs round three sides of the walls. The front panels are painted with traditional flower designs.

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

There are simple bench seats in the nave. The women sat at the front with the men behind and the boys sat right at the back of the church. The side benches with their painted panel fronts were reserved for wealthier members of the village.
 
Viscri Fortified Church

The elaborate bench with the painted back by the font may have been for the ministerís family.

Viscri Fortified Church

The font is made from a stone capital of a former church. The Painted pulpit is C17th.

Viscri Fortified Church

The large round chancel arch has an inscription dated 1743. The grey Baroque reredos above the altar has picture of Christ blessing the children. Above this is the equally impressive Baroque organ.

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

This is a lovely old church. The years have not treated it kindly and it is good to see the conservation work that has been carried out by the Mihai Eminescu Trust in preserving it.

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