Prejmer Fortified Church
The church is located in Prejmer village, Braşov County. You can easily get to Prejmer from Braşov by car, bus or train.
Opening hours: from May till November Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 - 17:00; Saturday: 9:00 - 15:00; Sunday: closed; from November till May: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 - 15:00; Sunday-Monday: closed.
Entrance fee: Yes
Built in the 13th century on the foundations of a basilica and fortified two centuries later, the church is situated at the centre of Prejmer fortress. Apart from the two courtyards enclosed by massive stone walls, the fortress has two more bastions, two towers and a gate tower.
The Gothic style in which it is built is similar to the other fortified churches in Transylvania. The interior of the church impresses with its altar thought to be oldest in Transylvania, and its organ which is still functional. The 270 chambers built in the citadel’s walls were occupied by the families from the village during the Ottoman assaults who were attacking Transylvania from the Buzău pass. If you come here in February, be sure not to miss Fasching (the Pancake Festival), which is held before the Lent.
Did you know?
The fortified church of Prejmer is the largest of its kind in the southeastern Europe, and also one of the most well preserved.
Important rehabilitation works were done from 1962-1970. In the 90’s the fortress and church became part of the Saxon Foundation from Munich, who continued with the preservation work.
Due to its good state of preservation, in 1999 the Fortified church of Prejmer was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Michelin Green Guide awarded Prejmer with 3 stars for its good state of preservation.
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