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“Malancrav - a beautiful, saxon fortified Church in Transylvania” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #94 of 327 Attractions in Transylvania
Type: Historic Sites
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bucharest
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“Malancrav - a beautiful, saxon fortified Church in Transylvania”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

If you arrive somehow in Transylvania, in Sighisoara area - I strongly recommend that you visit a couple of saxon fortified churches such as: Malancrav, Biertan, Atel, Viscri or Saschiz.
In Transylvania there are over 160 such churches, each one very beautiful and interesting, maybe not all of them in very good shape nowadays.
At Malancrav - the church has been recently renovated and the place looks BEAUTIFUL! Inside the church, you can admire the old painting which is in very good condition and it resisted in a miraculous way to several changes in the religious dogma throughout the years.
Right behind the church, you can see Apafi Manor, the newly renovated mansion of a very old and rich family who used to be the owners of these lands in ancient times. If you want, you can also live at the mansion for a few days - all the details can be found on the website of mihai eminescu trust, the foundation which takes care of this site.
The location of malancrav is also unique, amidst beautiful green hills and smooth plains.

Visited August 2011
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Basel, Switzerland
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“Interesting history of Transylvania”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

Our trip was actually in June 2009 but I can't select a date earlier than 2010.

We rented a car and visited three fortified churches; of the seven UNESCO -designated fortified churches, Prejmer was the only one we saw. The fortification at Prejmer is really interesting and the staff gave us additional information and suggested we walk the wall perimeter inside - between the outer wall and inner wall. We didn't even notice we could until we were told! It was definitely worth a visit. Try to look in all the open doors and go up and down the staircases to see the most of it.

Visited July 2010
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Portland, Oregon
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“A spectacular morning in Transylvania”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

We found an excellent tour guide through the visitor's center at Sighisoara and drove to Malancrav, Biertan and Richis. Malancrav was my favorite. As we approached Malancrav we drove carefully through geese who crowded the tiny roads. We were greeted by two women chopping firewood. It was chilly for October. There was a spent fire still smoking up on the hill. The trees had their vibrant fall colors, creating a perfect backdrop for the brown corn stalks, colorful village homes and quiet cemetery. It was like something out of a picture book. The church had recently celebrated the harvest season, and there were "offerings" of corn, tomatoes, walnuts and grapes all lined up carefully on each side of the alter. We were given some of the grapes to eat which had an excellent flavor. Driving out to our next stop, we again had to slow down to allow turkeys to cross the road. At Biertan, I took some of my best photos. Goats watched us as we climbed the stairs there. At Richis, we were led about by an elderly man who is apparently the last of the Saxons in the village (along with his wife). He was very enthusiastic and informative as he revealed the Pagan symbols hidden about the church. He had a genuine, "old world" warmth about him. On our way back to Sighisoara, pigs (and piglets!) ran alongside our car. In sum, if you have any interest in authentic villages reminiscent of times past, nice people, farm animals and absolutely beautiful countryside then this is the place for you! There was a definite magic to this place and I would recommend it to anyone interested in these types of experiences.

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Boulder, Colorado
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“Biertan - Amazing fortified Saxon church and village in Transylvania.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

Biertan is found off of Route 14 SE of Medias and SW of Sighisoara in Transylvania. Definitely make it part of your day when visiting Sighisoara! This fortified church, that was defended against invaders, was the former bishop's seat and housed many treasures - a unique feature to see is the elaborate lock on the sacristy door which joins the door frame at 18 places! Particularly interesting within the church are the pew box sections for the town guilds and especially the original tapestry guild flags hanging over each box. During my visit, a guide was sitting in the choir box and ready to interpret the building, although the gift shop was closed in the late afternoon. Biertan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and shows an interesting part of Romanian history built by German settlers.

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