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Biertan Fortified Church, Biertan
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Biertan Fortified Church 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. To visit Biertan Fortified Church on your holiday in Biertan, and find out what else Biertan has to offer, use our Biertan travel itinerary maker.
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  • You will enjoy the beautiful drive to get to Biertan and be even more impressed when you arrive. Charming town complete with lots of horse drawn carts and locals in native dress. The fortified church ...  more »
  • Good to achieve on the way from medias and Sighisoara. A very nice place. Only sorry one for this wonderful fortified church. It is very important to get them. The restaurant at the foot of the fortified church is also recommended. Have eaten here only a delicious bean soup, but everything is very well maintained and the map is multi-lingual.
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  • After a few kilometers in the Romanian countryside, we hit this fortified Citadel-Church: nice view over the village, frescoes to be seen in the adjoining chapel, a monumental work to be seen in the chancel of the Church. The person in the shop (which is on the stairs) selling tickets is moderately smiling, too bad! The visit costs 10 lei per adult.
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  • Amazing church, a great historic value, beautiful surroundings, it's must see!
  • The fortified church in Biertan is impressive and definitely worth a visit. I liked the church itself, but also the covered wooden stairs, the stone passage, the panorama towards the village or the surrounding hills. Do not miss the door with 19 locks, inside the church!
  • Several sets of curtain walls and towers surrounding the church make it a more impressive site to visit than some of the more basic Saxon churches in the surrounding area. But realistically it's not going to take you too long to see it. Especially the display inside the 'matrimonial' building...
  • Fantastic fortified church in a beautiful village. Dont miss the lock of the sacristy, the towers and the house for couples wanting to divorce.
  • Great example of a fortified church that is 'castle-like'. Learn about medieval history and the churches role...