MĂLÂNCRAV

Documentary certified since 1305, Mălâncrav still has the largest population of Saxons in the Transylvanian Hills. In 1340 the commune and the surrounding land became the property of the main Apafi family, two of the members of this family leading Transylvania in the 12th century. XVII. The village became known due to the visits of Prince Charles of Great Britain in this area. His Highness did not accidentally choose the Spit; situated between the Transylvanian Hills, away from a main road, away from the noise and pollution of a city, Mălâncravul is one of the few Transylvanian villages with a large Saxon community that still preserves old traditions. In order to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of Mălâncrav as best as possible, the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation is carrying out the project "The village of its own accord", through which the locals are involved in the renovation of households, vocational training and capitalizing on crafts and traditions. The evangelical church in Mălâncrav was built by the inhabitants of the village from the order of the Apafi manor at the beginning of the 14th century and is dedicated to Saint Mary. The unique element of this church is the 20-meter fresco from the central nave, the largest, and from a thematic point of view, the most complete Gothic-style fresco in Transylvania. 53 images are grouped in four overlapping rows and in the spaces between the arches. The amazing images represent the so-called "bible of the poor" and tell the story of salvation. The frescoes in Mălâncrav were not destroyed during the Reformation, as has happened with many others and have survived to this day. The reason seems simple in the view of some historians: Count Apafi being a Catholic appreciates the existence of frescoes on the walls of churches in his territories (even those of other denominations). At the time of the Reformation, it is possible that no villager would have dared to cover the frescoes in fear not to upset the master. The keys to the church are located next to the fortified assembly at Mr. Joachim Lorenz (no. 76) tel: +40 745 191 778 or Kraft family tel: +40 269 448 696   Discover in Mălâncrav: · Apafi [I39] mansion, from the 15th century, where you can spend the night - www.experiencetransylvania.ro · A walk through the orchard and organic apple factory of the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation, where you can already taste the famous apple juice from Mălâncrav, but also pear juice · The Orthodox Church from 1775 · To visit the skilled craftsmen's workshops: the best weavers in the war of wood in the region (Mrs. Elena Neagu - no. 162 and Mrs. Maria Nistor - no. 302), the bricks near the apple juice factory, the beautiful basket weavers from the nuances collected nearby (no. 139) · Enjoy a Saxon apple soup Be active in a protected area and discover the surrounding hills on foot, by cart or by bike. Here are some recommended routes: o Mălâncrav - Floresti - Criş, blue band route + red cross + blue cross o Mălâncrav - Copşa Mare - New Săsesc, route red cross + red band + red cross For more routes, see recommended routes [I40] or or plan your own route [I41]

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