The Fortified Church of Biertan, Biertan

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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  • This fortified church, a UNESCO World Heritage site, very nice to see and interesting to know presents a three naves and a wooden altar with 24 icons. The sacristy is entered through a wooden door with a lock that blocks simultaneously on all four sides, as in modern doors. Also interesting are the pulpit and the organ.
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  • This facility impressed me the least compared to Viscri or Prejmer. It's a large overall pretty plain plant in a very nice village. It is easy to reach, but I would not drive large detours for this.
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  • It's just 8-10 km. away from the main road, so you can quickly have a look at even if you're traveling to somewhere else.  more »
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  • Great exterior.. The interior wasn't as great as other churches... Nice panoramic view of the town, and nice walk around the church. The restaurant on the outside is highly recommended.
  • This medieval fortified church is absolutely impressive. Any detour you make is worth the trouble. The village is nice as well.
  • Very nice place, I haven't visited a fortified church before so, in my view, it deserve a visit
  • Nice place. Worth seeing.
  • Situated as the centrepoint of the very small town it stands very well presented, clean and grand. Exceptionally well preserved and looked after. It is off the beaten track but you pass the friendly locals on the way
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