Valea Viilor Fortified Church, Valea Viilor

The Valea Viilor fortified church is a Lutheran fortified church in Valea Viilor, Sibiu County, in the Transylvania region of Romania. It was built by the ethnic German Transylvanian Saxon community at a time when the area belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary. Initially Roman Catholic, it became Lutheran following the Reformation. Together with the surrounding village, the church forms part of the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Background and churchThere is evidence to suggest that an earlier Romanesque church existed in the village, as remnants could formerly be seen beneath the floor of the sacristy. This building is believed to have been 10 m long, less than half the length of the present church. The latter, in Gothic style and dedicated to Saint Peter, was begun in the 14th century. The small nave has a vaulted ceiling with a complex network of ribs, which rest on seven pairs of poles attached to the walls. The choir has a ceiling of the same type. Built in 1528, the pulpit was produced in a period of transition from Gothic to Renaissance.
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  • One of the many fortified churches in Transylvania which is not under protection from Unesco but absolute worth a visit. It has a very interesting museumabout the history of the people who fled...  more »
  • The person taking care of the place was very available and very kind. There is a small saxon (săsesc) museum. We could walk on the wall, visit the church, which unfortunately suffers from rain...  more »
  • It is great. I really recommend that. And the people are very nice :). Come here :).
  • This is a great example of a fortified church to visit. Not many tourists around as it's in a local area. The church itself is in real need of funding and protection work as a lot of artifacts seemed to be laying around. I hope it's able to get some sort of grant from the government or something. The lady who let us in right at the end of the day's opening hours did us a great deal of 20 euros for 6 people which is less than the advertised fee. She seemed delighted to see us. There are two towers you can climb both offering different views across the area. One tower is a large roof and the other goes upto a bell tower. The ladders are a bit creaky so you should make your own judgement. The fortified aspect of the church is clear to see with thick exterior walls and vantage points for defending against attackers. I think it's a great place to visit but there isn't much else surrounding it in terms of other attractions.

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