Thursday, 20 March 2014

Fortified Churches of Romania

Medieval art monuments in Transylvania
18 Sept, 2013 | From Eduard of Romania

Here's another postcard I received from Edi today. It features some of the fortified churches from Transylvania. Clockwise from top, they are: Biertan, Cincșor, Carta, Cincu, Prejmer, and Strei.

With its more than 150 well preserved fortified churches of a great variety of architectural styles (out of an original 300 fortified churches), south-eastern Transylvania region in Romania currently has one of the highest numbers of existing fortified churches from the 13th to 16th centuries.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania are seven villages (six Saxon and one Székely) founded by the Transylvanian Saxons. They are dominated by fortified churches and characterized by a specific settlement pattern that has been preserved since the late Middle Ages.

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