Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania World Heritage Site

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Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kirchenburg Birthälm.jpg
Biertan village and fortified church
LocationTransylvania, Romania
CriteriaCultural: iv
Reference596
Inscription1993 (17th session)
Extensions1999
Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania is located in Romania
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The south-eastern Transylvania region in Romania currently has one of the highest numbers of existing fortified churches from the 13th to 16th centuries. It has more than 150 well preserved fortified churches of a great variety of architectural styles (out of an original 300 fortified churches).

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania are seven villages (six Saxon and one Székely) founded by the Transylvanian Saxons. They are dominated by fortified churches and characterized by a specific settlement pattern that has been preserved since the Late Middle Ages.[1]

  1. ^ Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania. UNESCO World Heritage Centre 1992-2010

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