The Fortified Church of Biertan, Biertan

The Fortified Church of Biertan houses a rare example of a medieval "matrimonial prison," in which couples were confined for two weeks before they could end their marriage. The church belongs to the group of Transylvania villages with fortified churches that are listed as a World Heritage Site. The church building, surrounded by three rows of fortifications and nine gate towers, stands high on a hillock, offering views over the village, valleys, vineyards, and forests. Notice the 16th-century frescos on the southern tower, as well as the wooden bell tower on the north. The mausoleum tower houses the tombstones of the Saxon priest who built the church between 1486 and 1524.The interior features a carved stone pulpit and an altarpiece with 28 panels. Look for the intarsia door of the sacristy with a complex lock, exhibited at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Biertan holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Fortified Church of Biertan and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Transylvania is famous not only for vampires but also for its fortified churches-fortresses, which were built by Saxons living here, in order to protect against the raids of the Turks and other conquerors. In case of danger, the residents of a nearby town (village) hid behind the walls enclosing the church. Each family had its own room. At the time of defense, they lived like a hostel. During the trip around the country, we inspected 5-6 similar structures, three of which visited. Biertan, not the most preserved, but definitely, the most powerful and the largest of the churches seen. Built in the 15th century and surrounded by powerful walls with high towers, it dominates the town. To get to it, you have to move off the track Sigishoara ...
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  • Perhaps the most beautiful of Romania's fortified churches! An imposing Gothic building, built by the Saxons who inhabited Transylvania, surrounded by a well-respected wall! Delicious the periplo of the walls, remarkable the pictorial works of the interior, picturesque the village, colorful!
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  • The church itself and the entire fortification complex around it are astounding! But the state the buildings are in... It's a shame that in a couple of decades, without some serious conservation and restoration work, a lot of the local (and national) history will be forever lost to dust and weeds. I highly recommend visiting it, and awe at what our ancestors were capable of building.
  • Very nice. About 30 min to see everything. Walk around the church as well as inside, if you want to experience most of the area
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