Biertan Travel Guide

  • Biertan's Saxon fortified church
    Biertan's Saxon fortified church
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  • Clock face
    Clock face
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  • Building on Biertan's main square
    Building on Biertan's main square
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Biertan Things to Do

  • Fortified Church

    If you're visiting Biertan, chances are that's because you want to see its fortified church, one of seven Saxon fortified churches in Transylvania that together are a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here are my impressions of the church at Biertan. The first thing that struck me was how peaceful this place is, something which can't be said for the...

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  • Fortifications

    There are 9 towers in the three rings of walls (about 3.5m tall) which encircle Biertan's church. Each is a 'gate tower', allowing access to the next part of the site, but each also served a fully-defensive function. From the higher towers in particular there are superb views of the surrounding countryside, so any potential threat could easily be...

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  • Directions

    BY CAR: Sighisoara-Danes-Sarosu pe Tarnave-Biertan or Sibiu-Medias-Bratei-Sarosu pe Tarnave-Biertan BY TRAIN: As you can see on the map, the closest train station is at Dumbraveni BY BUS: From Medias you have to take the bus (near the train station), at 7.30 / 12.10 / 16.15 / 19.20 / 23.30 and then return from the station in the middle of Biertan...

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  • Biertan's Saxon fortified church

    If you're visiting Biertan, chances are that's because you want to see its fortified church, one of seven Saxon fortified churches in Transylvania that together are a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here are my impressions of the church at Biertan.The first thing that struck me was how peaceful this place is, something which can't be said for the other...

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  • The 'prison tower'

    This is not really a proper tower at all...it's more like a little one-room cottage built into the walls nearest the church.It is said (how true these things are I cannot say) that when a local man wished to divorce his wife the couple were locked into the room for a fortnight. It contains one narrow bed, one chair and a table...and one set of...

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  • Church interior

    As well as some super rib-vaulting, the church has beautifully-carved choir stalls which date (I think) from the early 1500s.The large and lovely altar tryptych also dates from the late 14 to early 1500s, probably painted by someone trained in Austria or possibly Nurnberg (according to my guide), and with 28 different panels. Make sure you look in...

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  • Towers and walls........

    There are 9 towers in the three rings of walls (about 3.5m tall) which encircle Biertan's church.Each is a 'gate tower', allowing access to the next part of the site, but each also served a fully-defensive function. From the higher towers in particular there are superb views of the surrounding countryside, so any potential threat could easily be...

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  • Visit the church.......

    My Biertan page will have given you the basics. Biertan is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its wonderful Medieval fortified church, perhaps the best example in Romania. The existing church dates from the 1400s, although there was an earlier church on the site, and is Lutheran Protestant. Its three ring walls and nine defensive towers were...

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  • Fortified Church of Biertan

    This church was build in the 16th century on a high hill in the middle of the village. It is surrounded by three rings of walls. To reach the church you have to climb a beautiful covered staircase, where you'll also have to buy your ticket. Being a Lutheran church, the building is mostly empty, but the altarpiece, the pulpit and the vault are...

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