The Fortified Church of Biertan

Divorce/ reconciliation room at Biertan

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo


Presuming you like books and travel, one true story could open your appetite for visiting the fortified church of Biertan.

First of all because of its beautiful architecture: it is the last fortified church from Transylvania built in the gothic style. A tall fortress meant to protect the Saxons who lived there for hundreds of years, keeping outside the double exterior walls and heavy doors all unwanted threads.

This particular UNESCO world heritage site had a unique, maybe funny, but quite fascinating way of dealing with couples willing to become separated. Making sure that a divorce between their married subjects was not just a hasty request, the bishop and the other persons empowered to decide submitted the couple to a 14 days test before any official decision was taken.

One bed, a single plate, a single chair, a single fork etc. all locked in a room where the two spouses ought to cohabit for two weeks… This kind of marital counseling should have worked because they say that there was only one divorce taking place!

Interesting? Book the Transylvania Land of Legends Tour (  to visit Biertan and many other amazingly beautiful medieval monuments.




The site is open for visits between the months of May and August, from Monday to Sunday (10 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM –  5 PM).


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