Romania - Mountains, Monasteries and Medieval Cities

Day Four - Viscri Fortified Church


One of the oldest of the fortified churches in Romania


The C12 church is built on the highest point of the village and is one of the oldest churches in Transylvania. It was fortified in the C15th and withstood several Ottoman raids but was never occupied. The villagers retreated here in time of danger, only returning to their houses when the threat was over. A second outer wall was added in the C18th.

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

The sextonís house was outside the inner wall and was lived in until 1990 when he went back to Germany. The inner wall is protected by towers with tiled roofs. There were two entrances. The larger one under the tower was for carts. Next to it is the smaller pedestrian entrance.

Viscri Fortified Church

The church is at the centre of the walled enclosure.

Viscri Fortified Church   Viscri Fortified Church

The vegetation is lush with many different wild flowers.

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

The rooms in the walls and the towers contain a small museum with information and artefacts about traditional life in a Saxon village.

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

There are excellent views of the village from the wall walk around the inner wall.

Viscri, Romania

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