Valea Viilor Fortified Church – UNESCO Site


The church is located in Valea Viilor village, Sibiu County.

Opening hours: Summer: Monday-Friday 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00. Winter: only by appointment. Please contact Michael Weber at +40 745 519 173.

Entrance fee: Yes.


The fortified church of Valea Viilor (Wurmloch) is beyond any doubt one of the most beautiful Saxon churches in Transylvania.

The foundations of the massive Gothic church were laid by the local Saxon community in the 14th century, while the strongholds were added later in the 15th century due to the Ottoman and Tatar raids.

The very high and massive construction has two entries and a very ingenious defence system. Inside you can admire the ancient and valuable pieces like the altar, the organ, the baptismal font and the pews. In the churchyard there is also a small museum where traditional costumes, tools and photos picturing the life of the community are displayed.

Did you know?

The defensive arrangements are the most complex and well-organized among the villages inhabited by the Saxons in Transylvania.

Conservation facts

Its state of preservation is very good. In 1999 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.