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VILLAGE AND FORTIFIED CHURCH FROM VISCRI - UNESCO

VILLAGE AND  FORTIFIED CHURCH  FROM VISCRI - UNESCO

It's not that easy to reach this village, but it is definitely worth the effort. Viscri’s isolation is exactly what kept up the medieval atmosphere of the old villages inhabited by the Saxons; it is located on an unpaved road, six kilometers from the European road. It's the place where the geese, ducks and hens are walking in front of the houses, and cattle go and come back alone from grazing.

 

Viscri village is a true Saxon architecture heritage: a beautiful white fortified church included in the UNESCO world heritage, many houses, some of them 300 years old, well preserved by the villagers. Since Prince Charles and the foundation he owns, "Mihai Eminescu Trust", started to renovate the buildings of the Saxons, the trade with Romanian traditional objects revived, and the price of the houses grew up fast. "Do not change anything, keep and love this place as it is", was Prince Charles’ advice for the Viscri locals.. All the villagers’ houses were declared historical monuments. The property bought by Prince Charles is located at number 163 - an ordinary house, built in 1758, painted in blue, with a large yard and a specific fountain area. He comes here every summer and uses to go riding in the surrounding hills, until Rupea and Homorod.

 

The corner stones of the church from Viscri existed since the settling of the first colonists at the beginning of the 12th century. The Saxons who lived here built a chapel. The Tartars destroyed it during the terrible outbreak in 1241. The Saxon Colonists then started the construction of the new church to replace the old one, the church we can see now. The Church of Viscri does not impress by its dimensions, but it is distinguished by the massiveness of the defense walls. The stone blocks fortifications with a six levels watch and defense tower, were carried out in the 16th century to fight properly against the Turkish danger. Identical with the fortifications inhabited by the Saxons, each household in Viscri had a garret in which the supplies were deposited and where the people were fighting the invasions. Today, this impressive fortification houses a traditional Saxon museum.

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