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Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată
Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată © Alex Petrescu

Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată

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Str. Cetăţii 1-3
cent. XIII - XVIII
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The fortified citadel was built in the 13th century as a Romanesque basilica with three naves, and its current Gothic appearance is due to renovations in the 15th century, when the nave, chancel and tower were raised.  The sacristy is on the north side and the treasury on the south side.

 The 59 m tall tower was added in 1751 and has four turrets.  Over time, it was affected by fires and lightning, which is why in 1795 a lightning rod made of copper was installed, being considered the first in Transylvania, made according to the method of magistrate Raimarus from Hamburg.  The fortress-church in Cisnădie is also famous for the oldest clock in Transylvania.

 The monument is the testimony of the courage with which the locals have defended themselves throughout history.  Here they found refuge and protection, and the documents of the time mention that in 1671 the women of the city saved the church from destruction by offering the jewels as a ransom.

 Source: Sibiu and surroundings (Ministry of Tourism, 1979)
Alex Petrescu
4 years ago

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