Saxon Church
Saxon Church
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The church was built between 1493 and 1525. The presence of the fortified citadel meant that this fortified church was built later than most in the area. Inside the church is an Austrian Baroque style altar from 1735. The organ is one of the ten largest and most important such organs in Transylvania. After many fires the roof was fully restored in 1830.
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania12,973 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
In the village of Saschiz you shall find the fortified Saxon Church ... a UNESCO world heritage site and true gem amongst fortified churches in the region.
Now from the medieval fortification only the main tower and the church itself are still standing, the outside perimeter of the fortification has been demolished long time ago. (the actual fence outside is running along the former wall of the church).
Now what was interesting - you can climb the bell tower ... robust stairs are built in - it is very clean - so no danger ... don't touch the bells ... as the sign says.
Also I've red here and there that you can climb to the fortified level on top of the church - during our visit the entrance to that level was closed.
Inside is beautiful - painted white , like any reformed church of the Saxons ... but the gothic arches, the organ and the altar are still beautiful.
Also as you enter, there is a small expo with books and documents- right before the ticket "office".
Entry fee is 10 Ron - so not expensive at all ... and you can park free of charge right outside the church near the main road on a parking lot.
Overall a very nice experience - a guided tour might have been more interesting - but the information from the panels was also interesting.
From the courtyard of the church you can see the peasant fortress on the hill - currently under renovation so not chance of visiting until the works are done.
Overall very interesting , I recommend you visit this place when you are in the area.
Written January 3, 2023
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Josef O
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
This is a must see especially if you don't have enough time to visit other fortified churches (almost all of them to be found in more or less remote villages) as it is conveniently situated on the highway which links Brasov to Sighisoara.

Unlike most other fortified churches in Transylvania, this one lost the defensive wall which surrounded it. However, it remarkably preserved machicolations, chemin de ronde and shooting slots, so don't skip the attic!

The interior is very typical for the Saxon Lutheran fortified churches in southern Transylvania (austere decoration, good organ, baroque altar).

There is a relatively large parking by the church.

If you have 2-3 more hours, take a walk to the fortress up on the hill even if you are not really fond of fortresses, because the view you'll have on the village is splendid.
Written February 11, 2018
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windytravel79
Budapest, Hungary1,339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
It is a big church in the city of the village. There is a german and romanian speaking saxon pastor who tells a lot about the history of the church, it is really interesting.
As Hungarian it is was a surprise that Stephan the first is a cultic person for the church.
You can visit the whole church including manzard but unfortunately you cannot climb the tower, it will be renovated in the future.
Written August 28, 2018
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Lee A
Ipswich, UK3,422 contributions
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May 2017
Whilst driving from Brasov to Sighisoara on the E60 road, I first caught sight of the imposing
St Stephan's Evangelical Fortified Church at Saschiz with its gleaming towers shimmering in the distance.

As I drove nearer, I realised that this architectural delight was proudly standing in the shadow of a magnificent clock tower.

Climbing out of the car, I was immediately drawn to to these two wonderful structures which completely dominated the unspoilt surrounding countryside and the lovely 14th Century Saxon Village of Saschiz, unobtrusively tucked away behind them.

What an amazing find, and what a centre piece for the village!

Visually, it seemed, that the robustly built, masculine looking clock tower was boldly standing guard over the church, so elegantly poised with its softer contours and almost pastel pink coloured roof tiles. On reflection, and in a fairytale way, I suppose it was!

Before entering a small souvenir shop in front of the church, I looked all around me capturing the
delights of such peaceful tranquillity.

What a beautiful setting, and then to cap it all, I suddenly realised that high above the village on a steep hillside stood a fortification looking down over everything, as if it was keeping watch on both church and clock tower!

The lady in the souvenir shop gave me some helpful information and useful advice as I helped myself to some free leaflets and bought some mementos. The souvenir shop also sold various guide books in addition to local produce and crafts.

Sadly, the clock tower was deemed unsafe to enter. Nevertheless it was a great photo opportunity, and after I'd visited the church, I was keen to explore the village and climb the hillside to the fortification which was two kms away.

The construction of Saschiz Church began in 1493 and was completed as a fortified church in the first half of the 16th Century. It was built of quarried stone in Gothic Style.

Inside, it had wonderful Gothic elements of architecture which included huge arches, enormous buttresses and a number of decorative features made of brick or stone.

I found the interior to be very simplistic with bare walls, wooden seats and not much more.

Due to the significant distance between the centre of the village and the hill on which the Saxon Fortress was built, over the years, the fortified Evangelist Church became the main source of refuge for the inhabitants of Saschiz.

The tower roof is beautifully designed with glazed tiles in different colours taking the the shape of a pyramid

The nine metre tall 15th Century Saschiz Clock Tower was built strategically as a defence tower playing an important role throughout history dating back to the 15th century. It is very much the symbol of Saschiz and its most important landmark, widely considered as one of Transylvania's most beautiful, medieval monuments and the main tourist attraction of the village.

I strolled through the small 14th Century commune of Saschiz with its beautiful rustic houses, stopping only to take photos and to see a horse and cart being loaded before taking a rough track leading to the citadel.

Ok, it now lays in ruins, however you can instantly tell from the strategic position it holds and the views afforded from such a vantage point, that this was a very important military stronghold which would have offered a great deal of protection.

First documented in 1347, amongst the ruins, you can still see some of the main features, confirming how well the Saxon Community of the time was organised.

The fortress had five towers each serving a different function which reflected in their names.
The School Tower, Munitions Tower, Voivode Tower, ( The local governor or ruler in Central or Eastern Europe ), Priests Tower and Guard Tower.

Inside the ruined fortress also lies a fountain, which is thought to have once been connected to the Village via a subterranean tunnel.

The views from the citadel which overlook the expansive and all embracing farmland and countryside are staggeringly beautiful. However, add to this the grandeur of Saschiz's Evangelist Church and neighbouring clock tower, they become magical!

They say that Transylvania is a land of myths and legends, often associated with beauty, history and culture. In fact, a cradle of treasures …..... Saschiz Evangelical Church is one of them!

Happy holidays!

Lee A
Written June 20, 2017
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SarahFrances101
Oxford, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
Fabulous venue. Also a church full of history. Highly recommended as well as surrounding attractions in Saschiz. Local guide will also show you the museum. You can get a coffee or meal nearby at Hanul Cetatii as well as visiting two artisan food producers Pivnita Bunicii and Casa de Perdeal
Written May 21, 2016
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Earsh
Budapest, Hungary83 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Friends
The church and the tower are beautiful, the latter is a twin of the clock tower in Segesvár (Sigisoara). Though there's a huge vertical fissure on the tower and it isn't even open to public visits.
I don't know much about statics, but it doesn't seem well. The building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage indeed, so quite incomprehensible how can it look like this.
Written July 17, 2014
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Alexandra D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Not very rich in information, but restored looks pretty good. You have nowhere to buy some souvenirs. Interesting to climb in the attic of the church.
Written December 6, 2020
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Georgiana S
Bucharest, Romania59 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Friends
I visited this church 4 times already and every time I find it fascinating. Please take a moment to read the infos provided inside or ask the lady who sells the tickets to tell you more about what you can find inside. It was the first church in Transylvania with a defensive level and the great thing is that you can actually go up and visit this level. Right now the clock tower is being restored so maybe soon we will be able to enter there too.
Written December 20, 2018
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mikebstravels
Didcot, UK787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Stopped here by accident as driving past between Viscri and Brasov and I'm so glad I visited.

The church itself is relatively plain yet still beautiful, however at the back are steps up to the roof where you can walk into the rafters and literally climb wooden ladders higher and higher into the roof space. Stopped after a few as the drop was large and the ladders wobbly!

Never had the opportunity to do this previously as always closed so totally unforgettable.
Written August 27, 2018
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WillyFredriksen
Tonsberg, Norway125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
Driving from Brasov to Sighisoara you will pass thru Saschiz. At first it might not look like a good place to stop, a line of houses along a very trafficated road. But if you do stop outside the curch and its amazing belltower, you will be surpriced. The Saxon church is well worth a visit.its fortification walls are long time gone but it has a free standing belltowerthat looks quite a lot like the tower on the main entrance to Sighisoara. If you make a walk around you will find a vibrant little village that are welcoming you. Lift your head up and you will see a citadel high above the village.
Written July 23, 2018
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