The fortified church in Curciu, Romania

Having already visited about twenty-five fortified churches in Southern Transilvania, I can say that one of the most underrated fortified churches in this region is the one in Curci. It’s sad that it’s so, because it is quite beautiful, both on the outside and on the inside. Its architecture captured me from the get-go. Its outside is truly picturesque, and its inside, though white-washed, as is the case with most evangelical churches, still shows remnants of its more colorful past, with green men on its walls and ceilings, and murals hidden beneath multiple coats of lime paint.

Its caretaker told me no one had visited it for over 5 months. How can anyone miss a church like this one? It is a truly beautiful place. Its construction was begun sometime in the 1400s, and lasted 50 years. It isn’t a big church, but there are too many interesting architectural details that clearly point out to a master at work. When you look at it as a whole (its chosen location, its perspective from all points of view, the way the architect chose to express the various functions of the building and the spaces used), it is a thing of wonder. It made me want to explore every little nook and cranny, and come back to it in the future.

If you’d like to visit this church, the village of Curci is about 12 km away from Medias. You’ll need to take a paved country road toward the village of Darlos, pass through it, and follow the sign toward Curci. Once there, you’ll need to ask around for the way to the caretaker’s house, who will then give you a personal tour of the domain.

There are more photos from Curci available in this gallery.

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