The Saxons came to Romania in 1437. They built their churches in the centre of their villages, but a century later the country was being invaded by Tartars and wars were raging all around, so they built walls round the churches and built tall lookout bell towers. Today the churches look like castles.
The altar was brought from Austria in the 13th Century
We decided the font was even older.
To our surprise all notices were in German.
The keys were very old and very large!
The bell tower, for some reason was always separate from the church.
We visited about four churches, all were very similar, but magnificent.
The portcullis, was just to make sure the invaders didn't get in!
The area between the church and the walls was used to house the villagers -if there was an attack.