Transylvania’s Saxon legacy is clearly apparent in the fortified churches erected throughout the region’s villages following the migration of the Saxons to Romania under King Géza II in 1150. The Mioritics Association, in conjuction with UNESCO, is dedicated to preserving the fortified churches and developing tourism around them (www.fortified-churches.com). Despite this, most are not well known and there is little information available. However, most are accessible with their original gate-key, which is usually kept by one of the elder villagers for safekeeping. Simply ask in the village for the key-holder, who should be able to open up the church and show you around. It is normal to pay them a small amount (about 5 lei) for their trouble.

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