In Transylvania, not far from Shighisoara, at the end of a very bad road (fortunately, not too long), is located Viscri, a village that seems frozen in 17th century. The village has become famous since Prince Charles has acquired there a residence. Although the village itself and the surroundings are not so captivating, the old fortified church that dominates the village from a short hill, is splendid and worth paying a visit.
For the Transylvanian villages, the churches played, centuries ago, beside the spiritual meaning, another important role for the communities. On the occasion of the invasions of the barbarians, people and domestic animals were looking for protection within the tall walls of these fortified churches. There are plenty of these kind of churches in Transylvania, and the most of them are truly beautiful and very picturesque.
Viscri, the fortified church
A piece of pig fat, hung in a naturally ventilated chamber. These chambers were used by the whole community to keep and protect the meat.
The interior of the church
DETAILS OF THE INTERIOR