There are over 200 fortified churches in the 'Saxon' area of Transylvania. German and Flemish speakers from the Rhine and Moselle regions were invited to the area in the 12th century to protect the borders of Christendom from invaders from the east.
Around 1185 the church was taken over by Saxon colonists. In the 14th century the eastern part of the church was rebuilt and in 1525, the first fortifications with towers were added. In the 18th century the church was surrounded by a second defense wall. A century later, two chambers in the defense corridor of the bastion were turned into school rooms.
Thank you to Bob Gibbons again for his wonderful photographs.