Do you want to visit Westeros from Game of Thrones? You have the chance to do it in Transylvania, Romania.
17 km from the center of Brasov and 20 minutes drive we find one of the most important medieval historical monuments in Transylvania. Unfortunately, it is much too little known and brought to the public’s attention.
One of the few monuments in Romania in the UNESCO Patrimony, 20km from the most visited city in the country and yet no one knows about it… a great pity. We are talking about the Saxon Fortress and Evangelical Church in Prejmer.
The construction of the fortress was started in 1218 by the Order of the Teutonic Knights. After their expulsion by King Andrew II of Hungary, the church continued to be built in the early Burgundian Gothic style, brought to Transylvania by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. The typical forms of this architectural style that are still preserved are the twin pointed windows and the round windows – “eyes”.
The real builders of this church fortress, however, are the Saxon peasants and craftsmen settled in Bârsa Country at that time. Placed on the route to Central Europe, they were in constant danger in the face of the invaders. Starting with the first invasion of the Turks in Transylvania, in 1421, the consolidation of the fortifications of the Prejmer fortress began.
The fact that the plan of the church is in the shape of a Greek cross, with equal arms, proves that the Teutons built the fortress, this style being brought by them from Syria. The bell tower in 1461 was added to the initial construction started in 1218.