Biertan rural site

It is probably the most photographed fortified church in the area. Biertan is at an equal distance from the cities of Mediaș and Sighișoara. hidden among wooded hills and orchards. Biertan was founded in the 13th century by the Saxon colonists who loved the area for the fertile soil and the very good viticultural conditions turning it into a true "Wine Country". 

The fortified church of Biertan, along with the rural site around it, are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage, since 1993.

Its Medieval urban like Transylvanian Baroque buildings are a hint to its economic importance from the past, as Biertan was an important citadel of the Middle Ages, as an agricultural and viticultural center, but mostly as the seat of the Evangelical Episcopal Chair. 

Biertan is also related to the beginnings of Christianity in Dacia, through the discovery of the Donarium, a Christian votive object, dating from the fourth century. This discovery is a proof, according to a majority of specialists, of the existence of a Christian population speaking Latin in Dacia, after the withdrawal of the Roman armies, and implicitly of the native origin of the Romanians in Transylvania.

Photo credit:

Mihai Dragomir, Mihai Moiceanu, Sorin Onișor