Saxon Fortified Churches

The south-eastern Transylvania region currently has one of the highest numbers of existing fortified churches from the 13th to 16th centuries. It has more than 150 well preserved fortified churches of a great variety of architectural styles (out of an original 300 fortified churches). There are seven villages with fortified churches in Transylvania listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, six founded by Saxons and one by Székelys. They are dominated by fortified churches and characterized by a specific settlement pattern that has been preserved since the Late Middle Ages.