Viscri Fortified Church – UNESCO Site
The church is located in Viscri village, Braşov County.
It can be visited daily from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00-18:00. At the entrance you can buy brochures about Viscri church and other fortified churches from Transylvania.
Entrance fee: Yes
The fortified church of Viscri was built in 1225 on top of the village’s hills. The strongholds were built two centuries later because of the Ottoman attacks which forced the Saxons to surround their church with massive walls, bastions and defence towers.
Altogether the church was built in the Gothic style and it shelters a 300 year old organ and a very interesting painted altar.
In the fortifications’ chambers you will discover a small museum where you can admire various objects and traditional tools from the everyday life of the Saxons.
You can climb up in the tallest tower to get a fantastic view over the village and its surroundings.
The village, also known as “Prince Charles’ village” due to the properties he bought here, is simply fascinating. All you need is to stroll around and the place will stay to your heart and persuade you to come back for an extended holiday.
When you get here, take a walk through the village’s streets, admire the traditional Saxon houses beautifully painted in the Baroque style, visit a blacksmith or the tiles and bricks furnaces.
You can also buy traditional products from this area like linen stockings and tasty berry jams.
Did you know?
The main attraction of the church is the baptismal font chiseled in the stone of a Roman column dating back to the 12th century. It is said that the column comes from Alba Ecclesia chapel, the first church of Viscri (11th century).
The Church along with its fortifications underwent extensive restoration works during the 70’s and the 90’s. The fortified church of Viscri is one the best preserved fortified churches in Transylvania, which contributed to its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation patronized by Prince Charles, has been involved since 1999 in the restoration of the church and village, implementing more than 300 rehabilitation projects of the cultural heritage.