Yearly Archives: 2017

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2017: A good year for Daia

Thanks to the support of the US-American Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation the project planning and some repair works to the worth of almost 60.000 US-Dollars will be carried out in three fortified churches, in Daia/Denndorf, Agârbiciu/Arbegen and Movile/Hundertbücheln by the end of 2018 (see also news from 5 May […]

First work on the Church of James in Șoarș

The work on the fortified church in Șoarș (near Fog.), which began on 21 August, is becoming increasingly visible: the “back” of the historic dovetail and plain tile with the partial use of new, handmade plain tile. The old battens were also retained where possible and in good condition. The […]

Cemetary in Șaeș – gravestones secured

The 49 tombstones, which were knocked over and devastated by vandalism at the end of 2016, were erected and secured again in July. Thanks to the generous donation of an emigrated Saxon from Șaeș and the additional funds provided by the “Support Association of the Fortified Churches Foundation”, the work […]

US Ambassador Hans Klemm visits Agârbiciu and Daia

Hans Klemm, Ambassador of the United States of America in Bucharest, paid a brief visit to Agârbiciu and Daia in mid-July. Together with the one in Movile, the fortified churches in the two Transylvanian villages are benefiting from funds from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). These budget funds […]

Copșa Mare is to be saved!

The Fortified Churches Foundation has been monitoring the endangered architectural situation of the fortified church in Copșa Mare with concern for some time. Sebastian Bethge, the representative of the Foundation for the Preservation of Monuments, has visited the site several times since the beginning of 2016. In addition to static […]

Pelișor – first danger averted

On 3 May 2017 the first emergency measures were carried out at the fortified church of Pelișor. It is located 22km south of Mediaș, in a side valley. For a long time no more worship services have been celebrated here and regular care could not be guaranteed until now. Thus […]

Donation for Three Transylvanian-Saxon Fortified Churches

U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2016/2017: “Safeguarding three Transylvanian-Saxon fortified churches: best practice for traditional crafts and community building” The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that Ambassador Hans Klemm is donating $59,300 to the Superior Consistory of the Evangelic Church Sibiu under the auspices of the special U.S. […]

Bell Tower in Idiciu: small intervention – great effect!

The Fortified Churches Foundation has repaired the bell tower of the Protestant church in Idiciu with an emergency measure as part of the roof programme. This was preceded in spring by the collapsing of the church roof. The first works organized by the Sighișoara district were able to provisionally secure […]

The whole world amazed by Transylvania’s Landscape of Fortified Churches

As every year the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin was an important date for more than 100,000 tourism professionals and around 60,000 thousand visitors. The Fortified Churches Foundation presented the landscape of fortified churches and found many new stakeholders and interested tourists. The Foundation shared a booth with the […]

107 Transylvanian Churches and Fortifications in your Pocket

The Fortified Churches Foundation is proud to present the new pocket-sized booklet titled „Churches and Fortifications in Transylvania“. It was published in the first weeks of 2017 and can now be obtained in three languages. It will formally be presented to a wider audience at the International Tourism Fair in […]

Module „Fortified Churches“ as part of history class

The curriculum of Romanian 7th-grade history class includes the subject of “Romanian minorities”. The topics of history and traditions of the German minority in Transylvania are studied quite profoundly – very tangible topics for the students living in Sibiu, especially if they are students of the Brukenthal School. After all, […]