The medieval church in Viișoara

Not much is known about the small medieval church in this Transylvanian village. Known in Romanian as Viișoara, it is Hundorf in German and Csatófalva in Hungarian. The clue about it not being fortified perhaps lies in its German name: "Hun-dorf" means "Hungarian village". Since it was predominantly Hungarian with few Saxons, and it was the [...]

The Armenian Catholic Church in Dumbraveni

Dumbrăveni ((before 1945 "Ibașfalău"; German: "Elisabethstadt"; Saxon dialect: "Eppeschdorf"; Hungarian: "Erzsébetváros") is an historically significant town in Transilvania. Archaeological digs revealed proof that it was an inhabited place as early as the Paleolithic. We fast-forward through history to come to the time of the Hungarian colonization/occupation of Transilvania, when in 1214, it became part of [...]

The Roman-Catholic church in Dumbraveni

On a side street in Dumbraveni, Romania, in a neighborhood full of gypsies, you'll find the city's old Roman-Catholic church. It's over 1,000 years old, and it's not being properly maintained, as is the case with many of Romania's historic buildings. Looking at the building itself, it's hard to believe it's stood there for a [...]

The Franciscan Church in Medias

According to monastic records, construction of the Franciscan compound in Medias, Romania, began in 1444. The compound includes a monastery, the church (which you can see in the photos shown here) and various annexes. In 1556, after the formerly-Catholic townspeople joined the Reformation, the monks were run out of town, and the buildings were used [...]