Fortified churches from Transylvania, UNESCO world heritage
When to visit
Fortified Church of Prejmer
The largest fortified church in southeastern Europe, Prejmer was built by Teutonic knights in 1212-1213. In the powerful surrounding walls you will find the rooms where the locals hide when the village was under attack. Historical records attest that in its 500 years of existence, the fortress was besieged 50 times.
I think it is the most beautiful fortress I've visited!
May 1 to October 31: Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday: closed November 1 to April 30: Tuesday – Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday: closed
Initially Roman Catholic, it became Unitarian following the Reformation. The church is noted for its interior frescoes, and together with the surrounding village, forms part of the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fortress is a delightful beauty that preserves the atmosphere of the old times. It was built by a nobleman whose family later sold it to the local ethnic German Transylvanian Saxon community at a time when the area belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary. When still used for defensive purposes, the double walls encompassed a residential keep, storerooms and a Roman Catholic chapel that became Lutheran following the Reformation. Together with the surrounding village, the citadel forms part of the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania UNESCO World Heritage Site.