Church on the Hill
The address of the church is 10 Scării Street, Sighişoara, Mureş County. You can get to the church by climbing the 175 steps of the Students' Stairway.
The Church on the Hill in Sighişoara is one of the most emblematic historical monuments of the city and the fourth largest Gothic church in Transylvania. The Evangelical church was built from 1345 to 1525 upon the remains of a Romanesque church. It impresses through its interior frescos which were brought to light after hundreds of years when some renovations were done in 1934 and again in 1992 up to 2003. Its 42 metres high belfry, slightly different from the rest of the building, is built in unplastered bedrock. At present, services are held in the church. Located here are also a museum of Saxon Art and the Romanian-Saxon Cultural Centre.
Did you know?
The church on the hill in Sighişoara is a unique place in Transylvania, graves dating back to the 16th and 18th century were found in the crypt below the choir.
The first important rehabilitation work was done in 1934, when the first interior frescoes were discovered. The present state of the church is a result of the rehabilitation works done between 1992-2003 with the support of Messerschmitt Foundation from Germany and the Ministry of Culture of Romania.
The last rehabilitation was actually awarded in 2005 with the European Union Prize Cultural Heritage-The Europa Nostra Award.