Amid the enchanting wine region of Transylvania is the small village of Biertán, formerly known as Birthälm, one of the region’s oldest settlements. An impressive fortified church rises majestically above the dreamy village, a reminder that Biertán was once of great religious and political importance. The village is still influenced by its old world charm and its fortified church is an atmospheric gem of a bygone age.
The militaristic design of the church was a necessary precaution, as in former times, the region was far from peaceful and idyllic. Both the Tartars and Turks repeatedly invaded Transylvania and thus, made it necessary for the village to have a fortified church that could fend off would be attackers.
Biertan’s church organ is still regarded as a masterpiece and the sound of its 1290 pipes is a truly unforgettable and breathtaking experience.
As with the larger part of its historical and cultural treasures, the fascinating rural character of this intriguing village has been preserved right up to the present day.
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