Posted by: Alex MacGregor | June 18, 2015

The Fortified Churches of Saxon Country

Last post, we left off with me and a rental car in Sighișoara, Transylvania. And we didn’t even get to the actual reason I wanted a rental car: to explore Saxon Country!

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The area is famous for its countless fortified churches, each rising out of a tiny village with a lost-in-time feel.

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I, along with my buddy from the hostel (who rightly or wrongly trusted that I had some idea of what I was doing as we turned off the main highway and into the random backroads), decided to seek out Biertan, the most famous fortified church of all.

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It’s not hard to see why: Biertan is incredible!

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The town lies at the bottom of a gorgeous valley, and feels very little changed over the years.

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Despite the regular flow of tourists Biertan gets, the town is quiet and peaceful.

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Since Biertan actually gets tourists, the church is open to see!

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They let you explore all of the back rooms, including this ultra-securely-lockable room. I’ve never seen a lock like that!

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Moving on through the glorious, and often empty, Transylvanian countryside.

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Just about every town you stumble upon has a picture-perfect walled church.

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The roads wind through farmlands and forests. All very beautiful.

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A stork nest!

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Although there’s not a huge amount to say about it, winding through these little backcountry towns towns was a complete joy and definitely a highlight of the trip!

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  1. These walled churches look awesome. Like they’re trying to keep out the undead or vampires when night falls…


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