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Biertan Fortified Church, Biertan

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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
  • As you travel through this part of the world you see many fortified churches, unfortunately many are inaccessible or difficult to access. This one is on the coach tour circuit so easy to visit. There ...  more »
  • Biertan/Biertalm is the best preserved of the fortified Churches of the Siebenburgen area and since 1993 is under UNESCO protection. From the town square you ascend a covered stair way to the 1516 bui...  more »
  • Excellent place to have a rest and to notice the old history of the place. Better said places. The photo album "Hidden Treasures of Transylvania" allows us to discover other saxon fortified churches w...  more »
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  • 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...
  • 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!
  • A must see among the UNESCO sights in Romania, and especially the Transylvanian Saxon fortified churches.
  • Great example of a fortified church that is 'castle-like'. Learn about medieval history and the churches role...