Prejmer is a small town of just 9,000 souls in the Brasov district of Transylvania.
A truly wonderful land that offers small hidden gems.
Prejmer Fortified Church is undoubtedly one of them. Its historical, artistic and architectural beauty has not gone unnoticed even by UNESCO, which has rightly included it in the world heritage of humanity. It is part of the list of 7 villages of the Fortified Churches in Transylvania.
Cetatea Prejmer (in Romanian) is one of the oldest fortified churches in Transylvania, as well as the largest in all of south-eastern Europe.
It was founded in 1211 by the order of the Teutonic Knights to be later taken over by the Saxon community of Transylvania.
About two centuries later, the most powerful peasant fortress in Transylvania was built around the church, designed to be impregnable and withstand any type of siege.
Today, Prejmer Fortified Church is a truly wonderful place, full of history and beauty, not to be missed if you are on holiday in Transylvania.
The ideal base for reaching Prejmer is Brasov, which is approximately 20 kilometers away. Cars and, alternatively, buses are the preferable solution. Trains are not particularly reliable.
By car, from Brasov, cross the DN11 in a north-easterly direction and arrive at your destination in about 15/20 minutes.
The buses of the Super Univers Trans company connect the two central stations every day from 06:00 to 21:00. The bus station is located a short distance from the fortified church of Prejmer.
The fortress with high and massive walls, ramparts, iron gates, movable bridges was built around the wonderful Gothic church.
Four floors of the surrounding wall, in which, once upon a time, each family had its own room (there were over 270 of them). Particular is the existence, among these, of the so-called “Room of Reconciliation” intended for couples who wanted to separate.
The so-called “Organ of Death” was a special weapon: 10 rifles were arranged on a table that revolved around an axis firing in bursts in case of a siege.
There is also a small small museum that houses an exhibition of ceramics, furniture, paintings and objects of worship from different eras.
The cross-shaped Evangelical Church is unique in all of Transylvania due to its shape. To admire the Passion of Christ, and the splendid and precious altar of the fifteenth century, among the oldest in Romania.
The Church and the fortified citadel are open every day at the following times:
The entrance ticket costs 15lei per adult, and 7lei for students