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“Harman village is a must” 5 of 5 stars
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Villages with Fortified Churches
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Ranked #139 of 448 things to do in Transylvania
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Harman village is a must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

During a two-week trip through Transylvania in Romania, we arrived in Harman village. Transylvania is home to hundreds of towns and fortified churches built between the 13th and 15th century by Saxons. It is a haven of architectural heritage. Just walking through the high surrounding concentric walls and climbing the towers, it is not difficult to imagine that hundreds of people and complete families were hiding themselves for their enemies. Harman has a beautiful church in the middle of the concentric wall and is still in use every day. Day to day life in Harman has not changed much in the last decades. Harman is a must

Visited August 2013
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Romania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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“Saxon Villages from Transylvania: a hidden treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Old Transylvania Saxon Villages are a real treasure of Romania. A past that remind us of the great saxon heritage. No wonder that Prince of Wales fall in love with this amazing place of Romania. Brasov - Sighisoara - Sibiu represents a triangle full of Saxon villages with fortified churches and fortresses. Viscri, Malancrav, Saschiz, Floresti, Mesendorf, Bunesti or Crit are only few of them. There are not easy to reach, but i think maybe this is why they resisted trough centuries. For any questions, feel free to ask. Enjoy Romania!

Visited April 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Places with history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We saw several fortified churches in Transylvania. When visiting the castle-church of Heltau/Cisnadie we got a tour guide, who gave detailed information about the castle church. Apparently this fortified structure gave great security to few families (around 150) in the area. The church still has a Sunday service and also occasional concerts. When we climbed the tower of the church --through narrow dark passages-- we had great views of Heltau. One could have a close view of the sonorous bells and also could hear the ticking of the huge Swiss-made clock, that still functions accurately.

We visited another church called Michelsberg castle on a hill. It required climbing up many stairs, which gave us very good exercise. This church was in a state of disrepair. The local community had set up a way to charge an entrance fee to the church, but it seemed to require bigger funds to completely renovate the place. UNESCO apparently supports some fortified churches, but not this one.

It is always helpful to find a guide (who are available there) to get the best out of the fortified church visit.

Visited June 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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“wonderful land”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Transylvania has very interesting and beautiful villages, wonderful forests, cute houses with interesting windows. I visited 10 countries until now. But Romania (especially Transylvania) is my favorite. If you visit Romania, you don't stay in Bucaresti only, but also you should go to Transylvania. Because it is not similar to Bucaresti or any other city. Rent a car (or by train)and go to Sinaia and visit Peleş and Pelişor castles in the forest. They are wonderful. and go on towards Bran castle. Visit Dracula:) and go to Brasov,Sibiu and Sighisoara. If you visit only Bucaresti it is not Romania all. You will understand if you go to Transylvania.

Visited May 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“culture, history and relaxation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

An extensive area to visit with multiple Saxon villages and fortifies churches to visit.

There are a couple of events you can attend, but you must go to one of the brunches they organize every last weekend of the month (in the summer time) - you will meet a lot of people and eat great food.

Some places are to be consolidated, some have great accommodation in peasants houses, and the local food is to die for (for as good as it as and both for as greasy at it is). And you must try the cycle tours.

Visited June 2012
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