It seems like I took a year to integrate my deep emotions from this place forgotten by time.
Now they have settled and I am writing a continuation of my experience in Transylvania.
You can see many photos and read the first part of the story here.
I will share my secrets by writing, but also by photography – it often happens to be my most telling language.
Last year I chose to spend half the month of May, implicitly my birthday, on the roads and in the middle of the country.
By train I arrived in Sighișoara and then I accompanied him in the village and in his house that craftsman who expected me to work for two weeks as a volunteer.
He is a very religious man who spent a whole year at a monastery, and who last year showed me his little paradise. From his craft until his neighbors, friends, and even his relatives. He presented me as much as he could, the surroundings and his countryside life.
I was treated like a queen, here’s my little breakfast:
Fresh homemade bread, fried and served with butter, homemade strawberry jam, cheese and milk buffalo from the buffalo that I greet every evening when grazing and coffee with natural cream – all made at home.
With silver cutlery on a log in the yard, listening to the trill of birds… 🙂
With my soul still impregnated in the emotion of those memorable days, I present today some of my experiences through my visit to one of the important places in the area, the fortified church in the village of Biertan.
I watched few times the village through the window of the car, and it seemed to me to have been broken from our time, reminded me of my childhood.
I grew up in the city, but I often went to the countryside. I remembered the simple life in the village and those times in which people were so pleased and happy.
Biertan I learned to pronounce from the locals, with a fallen emphasis on one side, and now speak with the pride of the one who was there and explored it.
Biertan village is one of the first Saxon settlements in Transylvania, with a documentary attestation dating back to 1243.
The Saxons who came from the Rhine during the 12th-14th centuries were free to practice the professions they knew. The men handled well the saw, molded the stone and clay, worked the earth and cultivated vineyards, fruit trees, and grew animals.The women knew how to pour, stroke, work tailoring, and cook well. They are said to be able to prepare a meal of few ingredients.
The church is a huge Gothic edifice with Renaissance and Baroque elements, one of the largest village churches in Transylvania.
It is said that the Turkish and Tartar barbarians who were destroying everything in their way were emerging at a certain moment. To defend themselves, the Saxons began to fortify their churches, building reinforced walls and towers.
The church in Biertan has 3 walls that correspond to 3 inner courtyards. There is the Clock Tower, the Catholic Tower, the Town Hall, the Mausoleum, the Bell Tower and the Outside Tower, as well as the Bacon Tower. The last was an airy and cool place where families brought their bacon to keep under strict records.
On these lands I first heard about the traveling calves, and to my delight I even met one of them, a young carpenter.
The traveling calf is the one who goes through the world to learn a profession and to make a living. But not everyone, but only one who is under 30, is unmarried and without children or other duties.
He undertakes to observe the rules of the guild he enters, including to wear the traditional costume.
It is very interesting that the young man leaves home for 3 years and is not allowed to return to his native country to less than 50 km during this time. He is also not allowed to use the mobile phone, the public transport, nor is he allowed to stay for more than 3 months in one place – just to learn a profession from as many craftsmen and become one , finally.
And here’s a story that I really liked.
There is a matrimonial prison here. What is this?
A room where the two, husband and wife, who wanted to divorce were locked up until they got together. They were forced to use the same bed, the same table, the same chair, the same dish and the same spoon. They had to share everything and communicate only to them two. No children and their usual chores, so no care. But even so, it was a shame to get there, and most of the couples were still at home.
It would be a great method to apply today, is not it?
My recommendation is that when you are in this area of the country,
to visit the UNESCO Biertan site – one of the most beautiful places in Transylvania.
You will find here the “Lada de Zestre”, a library and tourist information point.
Thank you for accompanying me on the virtual trip.
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