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Cisnădioara's Fortified Church in Autumn

I went to Transylvania in mid-October to see colourful autumnal scenes like these from Cisnădioara, but I hadn't seen much colour until I cycled here from Sibiu, so I'm glad I did!

Cisnădioara's Fortress Church of Saint Michael in autumn, backed by the Cibin MountainsPhoto of Cisnădioara's Fortress Church and Cibin Mountains in autumn, by Alex Harford

Saint Michael's Church was built by the Saxons in the 12th and 13th centuries, and later fortified to defend against raids from Tartars and Turks.

Saint Michael's Church stands on a rocky, wooded 70-metre high spurCisnădioara's Fortified Church in autumnThe outer wall surrounding the church is up to 6 metres thick in placesPhoto of outer wall at Cisnădioara's Fortress ChurchSteps leading to the church buildingFront entrance to Cisnădioara's Fortress ChurchCisnădioara's Fortress Church from the rear entrance of the wallsCisnădioara's Fortress Church from the walled rear entranceMurals once covered the walls of the churchThe area of the old altar at Cisnădioara's Fortified Church

When the church is used as a concert venue, the above area doubles as the stage

The church's altar has been demolishedInside the fortified church at CisnădioaraProtopop Emil Cioran street in the village of CisnădioaraProtopop Emil Cioran, Cisnădioara

Photos taken with the Canon Powershot S5 IS bridge camera.


How to Get to Cisnădioara

From what I remember it was quite straightforward to get here from Sibiu, I just headed south out of the city centre (initially signposted Rasinari) for about 7 miles. Cisnădioara is just over a mile away from the city of Cisnădie, and there is accommodation available in Cisnădioara itself.

There are a few places to rent bikes in Sibiu, I stayed at the Villa Teilor hostel and the owner booked the bike for me, which was delivered to the hostel! The phone number for bike rental with delivery is (+4)0740157944. There were also a few car rental companies around Sibiu's main square, and direct buses to Cisnădioara.

The grounds of the fortress were open but the church was locked. A woman at the base of the woodland path leading up to the fortress gave me the key, so I don't know if there's usually someone there...

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