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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • One of the most impressive fortified churches, the location in the middle of the place is simply very already. If you from the direction of sIGISHOARA comes; IS ONE'S MAJESTIC:
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  • Already from a distance you can see the imposing mole which rises above the village of Biertan. It is one of the seven fortified churches of Transylvania that were recognized by UNESCO as world heritage in 1993. Built in late Gothic between 1490 and 1516, is surrounded by three walls, reinforced with towers and bastions. The Church has the greater altar of wood of Transylvania, and is essential to not miss out the door of the sacristy, whose lock is a true mechanical ingenuity, with 15 pins that can be operated simultaneously with the same key. Also worth mentioning is the organ, built in 1869. Admission to the grounds is 10 lei (more than €2), and it can be visited every day from 10.00 to 13.00 hours and from 14.00 to 19.00 hours (Saturdays closing at 17.00 hours). During the low season it is common that the door of the Church is closed; to request to open it we have to go to the coffee that is next to the door of entrance to the fortification. On the exterior there is a parking of payment, although in our case not came nobody to charge us.
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  • It is an interesting site, visit them in winter with 18 ° below zero across three walls to get to the courtyard from which you can tour the Church, which is perfectly described by "marialmeria" in your review and the rest of site as climb towards their frozen staircase to see the white landscape. The visit is interesting not only for its architectural valaor, also transpota you 5 centuries ago, maybe not this "so restored" is a bridge in favour, in the sense of keeping some originality.
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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...