Prejmer Fortified Church is one of my personal favorite fortresses that really makes the past and turbulent history come to life. Only being there inside the fortress, inside the defense corridors, you can catch a glimpse of the gone by eras when every day was a battle for survival.
You might be thinking of what a fortified church means, well the villagers needed a place to hide when their village was under attack so they built a wall around their church, this way they were protecting their religions space and their own lives. They built almost 300 storage rooms on three or four levels, on the interior side of the wall, in order to keep supplies for times of siege. The fortress-church withheld 50 attacks throughout it’s history without getting conquered. This is an amazing achievement considering it was the peasant’s defense system.
The Evangelical Church and the Peasant Fortress built around it, have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1999. The church was built by Teutonic Nights during the 13th century and fortification around was done by the German colonists living in the area, during the 15th century.
The walls are 12 meters high (39 feet) and 3-5 meters thick (10-16 feet) and they create two defense lines, the gate area and central area built around the church. Having a ring shape, it has a diameter of 80 meters (263 feet) and the defese corridor found at the top of the walls was used by the men to shoot and pour hot tar and boiling oils on the enemies trying to protect their families. The corridor is dark and kind of spooky (btw: I totally love it 😉 and it has small opening to allow the use of weapons.
If you walk all around the defense corridor you will encounter one special opening created to hold multiple gun barrels on both sides, it is called the Organ of Death and it was invented by the locals to shoot multiple times at once and do it continuously, causing the enemy great loss and spreading fear.
Do visit this place if you have the chance, you will love it!
Prejmer Fortress – Practical Information:
Summer Season (01 May – 31 October)
Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00
Winter Season (01 November – 30 April)
Monday – Saturday: 09.00 – 16.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00
Adults: 8 LEI
Children/Students: 4 LEI
Address: 2 Str. Pietei (town center), Prejmer village, Brasov county. See map HERE
Tel: (+4) 0268 36 20 52
There are six trains a day from Brasov to Prejmer (take any train heading for Intorsura Buzaului), the journey taking just 20 minutes. A taxi from Brasov to Prejmer costs approx. 50 lei. Prejmer is also served by minibuses from Autogara Vest (at the far end of Strada Lunga): all minibuses to Sfantu Gheorghe pass through here.
Here you can find information about trains: http://www.cfrcalatori.ro/
Here you can find information about bus schedules: http://www.autogari.ro/
By Guided Tour from Bucharest (Licensed guide/driver & transportation)