Biertan Fortified Church

Biertan Fortified Church

Biertan Fortified Church
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kattullus
Stockholm, Sweden1,032 contributions
Worth a detour
Nov 2021
The church was closed for the season at the time of our visit but you get a very good impression of the fine defensive structures while walking around them. Some houses in the village are being restored and a bulletin board shows the regulations for preserving the traditional building styles.
Written November 9, 2021
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,631 contributions
Worthwhile Trip
Oct 2021
Both the village, first documented in 1283 & the fortified church are well worth the trip. The latter has a nominal entry fee & towers over the charming, rustic houses & vineyards of UNESCO listed Biertan, amazing views. In addition to the main church there are a handful of points of interest including the Bishops Tower which houses the gravestones of Saxon Evangelical Bishops, reached via a rickety wooden staircase. Also, as legend has it, a tiny, frugally equipped room known as the Marital Prison, where for 300 years, couples seeking divorce were sent to by Bishops to resolve their issues, for up to 6 weeks. Saxon church records allege a success rate of just 1 divorce in 300 years!!
Written October 29, 2021
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Cristin C
Bucharest, Romania435 contributions
Part of history
Oct 2021
The church and its surroundings are part of the history of Transylvania. Unfortunately, the places degrade and go into oblivion.
Written October 26, 2021
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France564 contributions
Great
Sep 2021
Another of the "musts", and part of the UNESCO churches. Specially impressive from the outside, inside is underwhelming - but worth it for a few things such as the amazing lock, or the covered stairways.
Do not miss Copsa Mare, just beside Biertan and really low key but amazing
Written October 21, 2021
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globetrotter55
Bucharest, Romania2,321 contributions
iWas there, a Saxon mix of religion, armed defense and couple therapy
Jul 2021
it definitely worth a visit, the church is not on the main road

in the beginning a Catholic church, then transformed into a Lutheran one, the place has been built for a community of 2500 souls; nowadays, maybe 100 still live there

the walls could defense not only people but also their cattle
a very sophisticated safe lock, awarded around 1900 (after 400 years), offered the possibility to keep food there, in order to be prepared for siege in a tough period when the Ottomans were very powerful and jeopardized the area
the altar is the biggest as number of pictures included, the organ is still functional, there are towers in a very good shape, also the walls are impressive

for almost 300 years, the church offered a special service, a sort of couple therapy for those who intended to divorce - due to the results, the therapy was really good
so, if you intend to divorce, somebody has to lock you both in a small room, with only one bed, one plate, one spoon, one fork, for two weeks.....only one couple still divorced after that therapy
Written July 11, 2021
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Emanuela P
36 contributions
Nice break from the city life
Jul 2021 • Couples
You can spend a couple of quiet hours here, breathing in the fresh air and admiring the details of exquisite craftsmanship from the 1700s. Or, if you are so inclined, you can look in awe at the huge oak tree and poplar tree near the church.
Written July 1, 2021
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
Only church in the world who can solve divorce
Jul 2020
This place is unique. Do get there during visiting hours, the church is amazing. You will see a door that got the international prize at the Paris World Fair, the room where people who were thinking about divorce were put to spend one months sharing 1 chair, 1 spoon, 1 bed, 1 cup, etc. Just 1 couple decided to go ahead with the divorce in hundreds of years.
Written February 11, 2021
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Liliana L
Bucharest, Romania50 contributions
Travel back in time
Feb 2021 • Family
Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. The Biertan fortified church was the see of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. Also there you will find a lock door that needs 4 keys to open, but has more than 20 lock devices inside. The entrance cost 2 euros.
Written February 7, 2021
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OxfordStrasser
Oxford128 contributions
The quintessential fortified Transylvanian church complex
Feb 2020
Lovely fortified church complex with great traditional wooden staircase. Nicely restored with good view from its commanding position. The church is grander than some others and utterly peaceful. Some good craft stalls down in the car park below.

This is, possibly, the quintessential fortified church approached along a lovely wooded road.
Written January 2, 2021
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Mihai Preda
Bucharest, Romania38 contributions
Nice place to visit
Sep 2020 • Friends
If you are interested in history and you like the medieval age, this is a place to visit. The place is a bit off the National Road but it is worthy visiting. As you arrive in the center of the village you will see the cgurch on top of the hill. There's a shop inside where you can buy tickets, maps, boks and different souvenirs.
Written September 26, 2020
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