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 … Continue reading The medieval church in Viișoara

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 … Continue reading The Armenian Catholic Church in Dumbraveni

Images from historic churches and monasteries in Bucovina and Moldova

In August of 2*** (regular readers will know the year 😁), we took a tour of the historic churches and monasteries in the provinces of Moldova and Bucovina (within the territory of Romania). A clarification is in order here. When people hear Moldova they automatically think about the Republic of Moldova, which used to be … Continue reading Images from historic churches and monasteries in Bucovina and Moldova

Franciscan Church, Medias, Romania

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 … Continue reading Franciscan Church, Medias, Romania