A Drive of Fortified Churches

A Double Rainbow!After exploring our first fortified church, we got back on the road (route 14), off to see some more of them.  The weather changed to some light rain, and provided us with some lovely rainbows for our drive.  We turned south onto route/road 141 and started a loop that would eventually bring us back onto 14, but not before we would get to see several different fortified churches.

Fortified Church in MoşnaThe first of these fortified churches was in Moşna.  This one had a distinctly different look than the prior, more western European than the other.  The painted trees in front of it reminded me of the monasteries I’ve visited in Crete that do the same thing with their trees.  I do love the look of a partly painted tree for some reason.   

Fortified Church in MoşnaThe fortified church of Moşna was built in the early 16th century, as a safe place for when the Turks would attack.  It is odd to think of Turks running through such a lush, green landscape, but then again, maybe that is why they wanted it?

Driving through the Romanian CountrysideHere’s that lush, green countryside I was talking about, forests and rolling hills.  Absolutely lovely.

A Beautifully Serene Forest in RomaniaThis forest was just beautiful.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice.  It was so peaceful, serene, calm, and beautiful.  I wish I could have taken a little 3D picture for you all to sit and bask in…

A cow along the roadside in Richiș, RomaniaNext we reached the little village of Richiș.  There was another church here to see, but before we could get around to it, we had to snap some pictures of a couple cows just grazing along the side of the road.  I got my pictures, and wandered over to the church, but my friends stayed with the cow.  One took a selfie of himself with the cow and apparently all of the villagers at the restaurant right next door started laughing and joking about him taking a selfie with a cow….   I guess it is kind of silly to them!

An old fortified church in RichișThe fortified church in Richiș was initially a Cistercian Abbey, and later converted to a Catholic church.  The belfry is not connected to the church because the Cistercian order wasn’t allowed to build a belfry on the church.  Interesting, you can read some more information about it here.

An old fortified church in RichișAs we left the little village of Richiș we passed the little church below with its pretty silver steeple.

 

Another random little church in RomaniaBiertan Fortified ChurchWe arrived in the town of Biertan later in the evening to see the massive Biertan Fortified Church.  However, the church closes around 5pm, so we were too late to be able to go inside. Biertan is one of the largest of the fortified churches in Romania.  When we arrived, we were in awe by its sheer size and beauty.  Finding it closed was a huge disappointment.

Wandering around Biertan, RomaniaFortunately, there had been some event going on in the square below it during the day.  While most stalls were long since shut down, there was still one man set up, cooking and selling this dessert bread treat, which turned out to be scrumptious and just what we needed to make up for the closed church.  We snacked on the bread and then got back on the road to see our last fortified church.

Wandering around Biertan, RomaniaAfterwards, we continued heading north to see the Biserica Fortificată din Șaroș pe Târnave.  Like the others, it was closed, but did make for a pretty shot from the backside with the sunset colors still in the sky.

Biserica fortificată din Șaroș pe TârnaveAfter this last church, we got back on the road, heading to our destination for the night, Sighișoara.  We grabbed dinner at a restaurant outside the walled, upper city, then found some parking for the night.  We had to climb up some little stairways and alleys until we reached the below pictured view, of the entrance into the walled city.

The entrance through the Clock Tower into the old medieval part of SighișoaraAfter passing through the gate, we crossed through a little square, with a neat dragon sign on one building.  I didn’t know it at the time, but it turned out that building was the Vlad Dracul house, where Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) was born…  The dragon sign on the Vlad Dracul house in SighișoaraAt our hotel, my room was cute, you entered into a little sitting area with two fancy old chairs, descended a few stairs to the main area with a pair of beds and a door opening onto a balcony with the below view…  So charming!The view from the balcony of my hotel room in Sighișoara

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