The fortified Evangelical churches have been in decline since the mass exodus of the Saxon population leaving the smaller congregations without the means to maintain these spectacular structures, high vaulted ceilings, imposing fortifications, fine interior decoration and furniture.
The MET is keenly involved in the preservation of the fortified churches. So far we have completed small remedial conservation works on Dupus and Movile churches and larger conservation projects on Mesendof, Cloasterf, Roades, Floresti, Bunesti and Malancrav churches. We have also helped in the precincts of Viscri and Apold churches.
If there is no future potential for ecclesiastical use (e.g. the deconsecrated church in Floresti) alternative uses, such as community halls, concert venues etc, should be sought.
Security grills are now vital
Typical plan of a Fortified Church