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The Fortified Church of Biertan houses a rare example of a medieval "matrimonial prison," in which couples were confined for two weeks before they could end their marriage. The church belongs to the group of Transylvania villages with fortified churches that are listed as a World Heritage Site. The church building, surrounded by three rows of fortifications and nine gate towers, stands high on a hillock, offering views over the village, valleys, vineyards, and forests. Notice the 16th-century frescos on the southern tower, as well as the wooden bell tower on the north. The mausoleum tower houses the tombstones of the Saxon priest who built the church between 1486 and 1524.The interior features a carved stone pulpit and an altarpiece with 28 panels. Look for the intarsia door of the sacristy with a complex lock, exhibited at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Biertan holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Fortified Church of Biertan and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Tours to The Fortified Church of Biertan
$238 BOOK WITH VIATOR 2-Day Medieval Transylvania with Brasov,Sibiu and Sighisoara Tour from Bucharest
Duration: 2 days
$902 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private 5-Day Tour in Transylvania from Bucharest Hotel Pick-up and Drop off
Duration: 5 days
$80 BOOK WITH VIATOR Footsteps of Saxons day tour, in Transylvania, from Targu Mures
Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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Duration: 6 days
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Duration: 4 days
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Duration: 8 days
The Fortified Church of Biertan reviews
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... more »
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..... more »
The church itself and the entire fortification complex around it are astounding! But the state the buildings are in... It's a shame that in a couple of decades, without some serious conservation and restoration work, a lot of the local (and national) history will be forever lost to dust and weeds. I highly recommend visiting it, and awe at what our ancestors were capable of building.
Very nice. About 30 min to see everything. Walk around the church as well as inside, if you want to experience most of the area
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