Valea Viilor fortified church

The Cinderella of the UNESCO sites in Transylvanian Highlands, less famous, but equally beautiful, the fortified church in Valea Viilor is like a rough diamond, which is just waiting to be discovered. 

Due to the architectural value and fortification system preserved almost entirely, the building was inscribed in 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

As you set foot in the village, the profile of the 14th century fortified church greets you silently, modestly, without revealing the treasure it hides. Built, like many other evangelical churches in Transylvania, on the ruins of a Romanesque basilica, the church in Valea Viilor was originally dedicated to Saint Peter. The church has survived many attacks, sieges and earthquakes. Therefore it has lost some of its ornaments, such as the chapel dedicated to St. Cyriacus (Chiriac or Țiriac), attested in 1446. However, you can admire the beautiful altar sculpted by a craftsman from Sighisoara, the baptistery, the tabernacle, the pulpit or hersa, all dating from the 16th-17th centuries.

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Fundaţia Biserici Fortificate, Primăria Valea Viilor