The spirit of the transilvanian fortified churches... The people have left, their buildings remain

Szaktilla, Sebastian (2008) The spirit of the transilvanian fortified churches... The people have left, their buildings remain. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The fortified churches of the ´Transilvanian Saxons´ in Romania are unique due to their typological variety, their number and due to their historical importance. After centuries of a changeful history, almost all of the saxons left Romania to Germany after the fall of Ceaucescu´s regime to find a new home in the land were they came from 850 years ago. 16 years after this exodus the fortified churches, beeing not maintained are decaying more and more. The new inhabitants of the former saxon villages have their own churches and do not care for the churches of other confessions. But not only the churches are threatened, as also the facades of the peasants houses are beeing changed following the ideals of their new owners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Szaktilla, SebastianUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: fortified architecture; churches; spirit of place; heritage at risk; threats
Subjects: G.DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Transylvania, Romania
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2010 14:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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Wikipedia. The free encyclopedia. (2008). Theme: Transilvanian Saxons; Available from:; accessed 14.7.2008

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