The fortified church in Moardas

There is a fortified church in the small village of Moardăș in Transilvania, also known as "Mardisch" in German and "Mardos" in Hungarian. A strange-sounding name in Romanian, Moardăș it seems has cuman origins and comes from the precursors of the Hungarians of today. The older name seems to have been Ardesch (as the Saxons [...]

A hike through the hills of Moldova

These are photos I've taken during a couple of hikes through the hills near the village of Strugari in Moldova, Romania. Here's a map of the area. It was the middle of March (the 14th and 15th) and spring had just arrived. Most of the grass was dry and leaves hadn't sprouted yet. As a [...]

A hike through the hills of Atel (Hetzeldorf)

Atel (Hetzeldorf) is a larger village in Southern Transilvania with a beautiful fortified church. The church is undergoing renovations and is closed to the public but the hills surrounding the village were certainly open and welcoming today, as we took a short hike to enjoy nature. In case you'd like to visit the place yourself, [...]

The fortified church in Biertan

The village of Biertan has one of the most renowned fortified churches in Transilvania, Romania. Built between 1493 and 1522, over the site of a previous church, it is contained within two concentric fortified walls, with seven towers and two bastions. The village itself has maintained its medieval character: the two roads that lead into [...]