Over 220,000 visitors stopped at the Black Church in Brasov, twice as many as at the Evangelical Cathedral in Sibiu, which attracted 100,000 visitors. The third most visited Saxon churches in the country are the Prejmer and Biertan ones, located in Brasov and Sibiu counties, according to Romania-Insider.com.
“Over the past three years, the fortified churches went from 470,000 to 650,000 visitors. This year we hope to exceed 700,000 visitors. We grouped the visitors by counties. The first is Brasov county, with over 300,000 visitors, because they have the Black Church, which exceeds 220,000 visitors each year, and Prejmer, which attracts over 50,000 visitors. Sibiu county follows second, with over 200,000 visitors, Mures, Alba, Hunedoara, Harghita and Bistrita. In Sibiu, the Evangelical Cathedral reaches 100,000 visitors in a season. If you want to look at the off-season visitors, add another 20%. Biertan follows third with 55,000 visitors and Cisnadioara, with 17,000 visitors,” said Stefan Cosoroaba, the coordinator of the tourism project Discover the Spirit of Transylvania. The project is developed by the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (Lutheran).
The project is developed by the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (Lutheran) in Romania, and aims to assist local communities in making their monuments accessible to the public.
After Prejmer and Biertan, one of the most visited fortified Saxon churches is the Church on a Hill in Sighisoara, in Mures county. It is a UNESCO site, just as the Prejmer and Biertan ones.
There are 160 fortified Saxon churches in Transylvania. Only 20% of them regularly host religious services.
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