400AD-1400AD-Middle Ages Europe Romania

Prejmer Fortified Church, Romania

June 9, 2020
Year1240 – the church
In 15th-16th centuries strong walls were built and surrounded with a water-filled moat.
Getting thereNearest train stations: Prejmer, Brasov
Visiting Hours1 May – 31 October:
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

1 November – 30 April:
Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Tickets15 Lei
LocationStr. Pietei 2, Prejmer, Brasov county

Prejmer History

Prejmer Fortified Church is one of the 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Romania.

The church was founded by the Germanic Teutonic Knights


The circular walls are up to 5 m thick and reach nearly 12 m in height. 

272 rooms were built on the inner side of the walls, where locals hide in case of an enemy attack. Also, some rooms were used to store supplies during the attacks. In the church was also a school.


Historical records attest that in its 500 years of existence, the fortress was besieged 50 times.

However, it was only captured once by Gabriel Báthori, Prince of Transylvania. The fighters defending the fortress have surrendered after they remain without drinking water.

The defense walls have special wholes called fire holes which were used to position weapons and they pitched pitch, boiling water or hot oil.

The Prejemer Fortress also had a secret: the Death Organ. A set of firing weapons that all fired at the same time causing huge damage in the enemy lines.

Prejmer is the largest fortified church in southeastern Europe and one of the oldest in Transylvania.

In February do not miss the Pancake Festival.