The Evangelical Fortified Church in Ghimbav
Fortified church / Tourist attraction - Ghimbav
On the settlement founded in the 13th century by the Teutonic Order, the 15th century Gothic basilica evolved by altering the preceding Romanesque church.
Later on it was fortified and surrounded by a curtain wall with five defence towers, an outer bailey, a moat, and the tower of the church was provided with arrow loops.
After battle damages, the church was re-built in its original shape in 1658, but the vaults of the nave were added later in 1775.
Remaining details of the Gothic period, besides the plan composition of the ground floor, are the Gothic cross rib vault of the chancel and the domical vault of the apse as well as the trefoil tracery windows.
In the reconstruction phase the distinctive roof of the tower in form of a truncated pyramid with an open level for the bells was built.
The interior setting was created during the 18th and 19th century. Unique in Transylvania is the 1902 colourful floral and ornamental painting covering all walls and vaults.
The keys are with Mr. Ioan Matei,
address: Ghimbav, Morii Str., no. 170.
Text and photo sources: http://kirchenburgen.org/; http://www.ghimbav-turism.ro/