Romania - Mountains, Monasteries and Medieval Cities
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.
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.
The church is at the centre of the walled enclosure.
The rooms in the walls and the towers contain a small museum with information and artefacts about traditional life in a Saxon village.
There are excellent views of the village from the wall walk around the inner wall.
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