Culture & History: Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania

Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania

Transylvania is more than home to legends; it is a legend itself. Transylvania’s Saxon villages with fortified churches are one of Europe’s best preserved medieval landscapes, with historic sites still left untouched, and its views are reminiscent of Grimm’s fairytale books. The splendid, fortified Saxon churches spread throughout the Transylvanian Saxons villages stand proud across the whole region, being designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Transylvania, sweet home

The Transylvania Saxon settlers (XIII th - XVI th century) have built villages around fortified churches, which display a great variety of defensive architectural styles.

Biertan, the former see of the Saxon Bishops, is a majestic fortified citadel, one of the strongest in Transylvania

Viscri fortified church

Viscri, a hidden treasure in the heart of Transylvania, "the last corner of Europe where you see true sustainability and complete resilience", according to Charles, Prince of Wales words.

Prejmer fortified church

Prejmer is one of the best preserved and most powerful looking medieval fortified churches in Eastern Europe, 50 times besieged, only once conquered.

Valea Viilor fortified church

Valea Viilor is the Romanian name of the village, meaning "Vineyard Valley"

Saschiz fortified church

Saschiz is very impressive due to its huge proportions and the way of adapting the fortifying elements

Darjiu fortified church

Dârjiu - The frescoes inside the Szekler's fortified church are one of the most impressive creations in medieval Transylvania

Câlnic fortified church

Câlnic, a combination between a Saxon noble residence, and the fortifications built up by community's villagers makes the difference among the other fortified churches