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Saxon Transylvania

Wooden churches. Surdesti.
Rural Maramures
January 5, 2019
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The Castles
January 5, 2019

The Saxon fortified curches

The south of Transylvania is marked the Saxon civilization. Invited in the 12th century by the Hungarian kings to set up and defend the southern border with Wallachia, the German settlers lived in compact, well-organized communities, erecting the citadels of Transylvania and the famous Saxon fortified churches.

Seven of these fortified churches, usually the best preserved, are UNESCO World Heritage monuments. They are situated in the villages Câlnic, Valea Viilor, Biertan, Saschiz, Viscri, Dârjiu and Prejmer. The fortified church of Malancrav, though not on the UNESCO list, preserved spectacular Medieval frescoes.

November 6, 2019

Valea Viilor fortified church

The church of Valea Viilor village (or Wurmloch, in German) is one of the most scenic monuments amongst the fortified churches listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites […]
September 28, 2019

A life rhythmed by prayers. A touching inscription on a Viscri house

“When I wake up at dawn I think of You, Lord.Late in the evening, while I am sleeping, please, my Lord, think of me.”– Anno 1879 […]
August 1, 2019
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Malancrav’s Medieval Church Frescoes

Only 25 kilometers away from Sighisoara fortress, the Lutheran church of the small village of Malancrav host the largest Gothic fresco in Transylvania. It was discovered […]
October 29, 2018


On the footprints of Teutonic Knights – Prejmer
October 29, 2018


The church’s fortifications are impressive although the Viscri village is not a large one.
October 29, 2018

Malancrav, a lively village

Amazing Gothic fresco! And a lively village.
October 29, 2018


So impressive! Not without reason was Biertan, for three hundred years, the see of the Lutheran bishops for ethnic german communities in Southern Transylvania.  

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