Dârjiu fortified church World Heritage Site

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Dârjiu Fortified Church
Biserica fortificată din Dârjiu
LocationDârjiu, Romania
Geographic coordinates46°12′08″N 25°11′57″E / 46.202202°N 25.199234°E / 46.202202; 25.199234Coordinates: 46°12′08″N 25°11′57″E / 46.202202°N 25.199234°E / 46.202202; 25.199234
TypeFortified church
Groundbreaking14th century (14th century)
Completed16th century
Official name: Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania
Designated1993 (17th session)
1999 (23rd session – Extension)
Reference no.596bis
State PartyRomania
RegionEurope and North America
Official name: Historic monuments in Harghita County
Reference no.LMI Code: HR-II-a-A-12813 (RAN Code: 84399.02)

The Dârjiu fortified church (Romanian: Biserica fortificată din Dârjiu; Hungarian: Székelyderzsi erődtemplom) is a Unitarian fortified church in Dârjiu (Székelyderzs), Harghita County, in the Transylvania region of Romania. It was built by the Székely Hungarian community at a time when the area belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary. Initially Roman Catholic, it became Unitarian following the Reformation. The church is noted for its interior frescoes, and together with the surrounding village, forms part of the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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