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Sighisoara Fortress

Sighisoara, judetul Mures

Sighisoara is a medieval fortress with architectural ensembles made in rural Gothic style, but also in Renaissance and Baroque styles, which are the result of a constructive effort appeared later in t [read more]

Cetate, Categoria: Istoric
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UNESCO

Barsana Monastery

judetul Maramures, Maramures

The Monastery “Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles" from Barsana is a convent, located at 22 km southeast of the Sighetu Marmatiei city, at the exit of Barsana, to the Slatioara bridge, where t [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios | Biserica, Categoria: Religios
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UNESCO

Voronet Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Founded by Stefan cel Mare, Voronet Monastery church dedicated to "St. Gheorghe" is a synthesis of Byzantine and Gothic elements, made in an original manner. With a brilliant ingenuity, with [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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UNESCO

The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA)

Delta Dunarii, judetul Tulcea

With Romania's adhesion to the Ramsar Convention in 1991, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA) was recognized as a wetland of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat. Taking into ac [read more]

Parc, Categoria: Natura
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UNESCO

Humor Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Situated at a distance of 5 to 6 km of Gura Humorului, Humor Monastery is one of the most famous foundations of the Romanian Middle Ages. It was built in 1530 by Toader Bubuiog, member of the divan of [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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UNESCO

Hurezi (Horezu) Monastery

Horezu, judetul Valcea

Among the historical monasteries, which decorates the Romanian ground, Hurezi Monastery is considered, along with its hermitages, the most representative architecture complex, defining the Brancoveanu [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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UNESCO

Prejmer Site

judetul Brasov, Transilvania (UNESCO)

AddressLoc. Prejmer,

Description

The symbol of Prejmer village is represented by the Evangelical Church and the Peasant Castle, architectural ensemble included in UNESCO heritage, touristic site which highly individualises the settlement. The Evangelical Church has its beginnings in the XIIIth century, its founders being the Teutonic Knights and the fortress’s walls date from the fifteenth century and were built by German residents.

On the road that connects Brasov with Pasul Buzaului, in the center of the village Prejmer, we fiind the Peasant Castle, one of the most impressive medieval fortifications in the Barsei Country. The castle’s foundation dates from 1427, this one being built around the church (1250) and was finished in the XVI century. The Peasant Castle was built to serve as a refuge and defense to the settlement’s population in war time.

The Peasant Castle consists of two chambers. The main one, with a circular shape, has a diameter of 80 m and was built after 1427. It surrounds the Evangelical Church with a stunning thick wall, respectively of 3-4 m. On the wall, at about 12 m high, there is the watch road. The second precinct, smaller than the main one, is found in continuation of the vaulted gangway from the entrance.

The gangway impresses with strong arches, has a length of 50 m and an accurate defensive function assured by a fortified wooden grate with sharp iron strips at the bottom. The wooden grate descended when enemy detachments broke the entrance gate and entered the fortress. Quicly lowered, the wooden grate isolated the enemy detachment from the rest of the army.

The ,ain enclosure wall is externally strengthened by cylindrical towers. Inside it is doubled with 275 storehouses displayed on three and four levels, joined together by wooden stairs. Formerly, in these storehouses were kept the supplies of the village’s (every family had its own storehouse), who found their refuge in the fortress during the siege. Also, the walls of the main enclosure had firing holes maintained until now, holes through which the villagers drew with bows, and later with firearms. In the castle of Prejmer there was also maintained the original death organ, a mechanism which simultaneously operated several harquebus, causing panic among the besiegers (restored in the XVI-XVII centuries).

The walls of the Peasant Castle are displayed in a horizontal sequence and is difficult to determine from outside how solid is the inner defensive system. The main walls are are protected by a wall-shield and a ditch with water (which doesn’t exist anymore), the defense being provided by four artillery bastions. Thus, the defensive structures from Prejmer represent the strongest fortified peasant castle built by the Saxon colonists in Transylvania.






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