The Fortified Church of Biertan, Biertan

Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Historic Site
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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  • Lovely fortified church complex with great traditional wooden staircase. Nicely restored with good view from its commanding position. The church is grander than some others and utterly peaceful. Some....  more »
  • If you are interested in history and you like the medieval age, this is a place to visit. The place is a bit off the National Road but it is worthy visiting. As you arrive in the center of the...  more »
  • The ticket costs 10 lei. But this location doesn't inspire anything wow. It seems like a normal but fortified church to me. You can see some beautiful landscapes, but related to the church, to the...  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
  • Very beautiful fortress. A kind lady also presented us the history of the citadel. Worth visiting.
  • Nice to see! This old fortified church offers you a interesting feeling of the old times. Inside the site you can read stories about the old life style and also some facts from the Second World War. The location is also spectacular for its views. The church itself has an old aspect and Is not renovated.
  • A very beautiful fortified church situated in a very old village. Its a must visit!

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