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The Shooting at the Gates(Photo raid) project aims to restate and regain the outstanding value of Transilvania's fortified churches in the perspectives of culture and tourism. The first step is a photo journey in Sibiu County . The participants will pass through picturesque locations full of charm, loaded with historical events but currently ignored and in an advanced state of damage .

The places we intend to visit are not part of a tourist's tour , although they have a great social and historical value and the sceneries are beautiful.
The studies show that the foreign tourists' interest towards Romania has increased lately. Unfortunately, due to precarious media campaign, this interest is focused only on certain popular objectives often deprived of any information of cultural background.
One of the goals of pur ngo is to draw in the travel circuit places with high potential not yet known to the mainstream tourism practices.

From over 150 building that made it through the years, on the The UNESCO List of World Patrimony are only the ones at Valea Viilor, Biertan, Viscri, Saschiz, Prejmer, Darju and Calnic - only a few are candidates for restoration. Most of the churches have been built in the 13-14 centuries.

Our enterprise is meant to attract public attention on this matter and to revive a link between an somehow forgotten age and it's current descendants. The outcomes of this photo raid will consist in photos and a video log. The photos will focus on the two main aspects: people and places. The life of medieval churches in modern times. All the materials will be shown in public through a series of exhibitions in Romania, Germany and Austria.



On the agenda there are 33 fortified churches and castles The expedition will be 9 Days long and it will cover the Medias-Agnita area (Sibiu district). At the end of the expedition there will be a number of photo exhibitions and thematic seminars. The target of the exhibition is the public at large, the foreign tourists, the Romanian community from Germany.
It will be possible to monitor the development of the expedition hence a travel journal will be available on-line, containing daily articles and photos.
All the materials collected throughout the expedition will be available for scientific use or promotions.



  Day I   Atel-Bratei-Darlos-Curciu-Velt
  Day II   Velt-Boian-Bazna-Tarnava-Ighisu Nou
  Day III   Ighisu Nou-Valea Viilor-Axente Sever-Agarbiciu-Seica Mica
  Day IV   Seica Mica-Seica Mare-Buia-Vurpar-Hosman
  Day V   Hosman-Marpod-Nocrich-Altina-Chirpar-Somartin
  Day VI   Somartin - Bruiu-Agnita-Dealu Frumos-Merghindeal
  Day VII   Merghindeal-Movile - Iacobeni - Pelisor
  Day VIII   Pelisor-Alma Vii-Mosna-Richis-Biertan
  Day IX   Biertan-Copsa Mare-Malincrav-Danes


4.Daily schedule

1st Day (25 km)

Atel ( Hetzeldorf ), dated 1283, the church the 14th century, restored and modified in the 15th century
Bratei (Pretai), dated 1283, gothic church from the 14th century, restored and modified in the 15th century. Mural paintings1481
Darlos ( Durles ), evangelic church, the 15th century, gothic in style, roman funeral stars built in its walls
Curciu (Kirtsch), dated 1322, gothic church 3 aisles, the 14th century, transformed and enlarged in the 16th century. Mural paintings
Velt (Wolz), evangelic church, built in the 14th century

2nd Day< (25 km)

Velt-Boian-Bazna-Tarnava-Ighisu Nou
Boian ( Bonnesdorf ), fortified church and town from the 15th century, bell fr0m 1477, in the wall the Moldavian coat of arms
Bazna ( Bassen ), dated 1302, gothic church , restored and modified in the 16th century, church bell 1404, organ 1757
Ighisul Nou ( Eibesdorf ), dated 1267, gothic church from the 14th C, fortification from the 15th C, organ din 1775, bell 1496

3rd Day (20 de km)

Ighisu Nou-Valea Viilor-Axente Sever-Agarbiciu-Seica�Mica
Valea Viilor (Wurmloch), dated 1263, gothic church from the 14th century, restored and modified between the 15th /16th century. Listed on the UNESCO�s protected sites
Axente Sever ( Frauendorf ), dated 1305, gothic church from the 14th church, restored and modified in the 15th century. Baroque organ dated from 1777
Ag�rbiciu ( Arbegen ), dated 1343, church from the 13th /14th century, restored and modified in the 15th century, fortified in the 16th C
Seica Mica ( Kleine- Schelken ), dated 1316, gothic church from the 14th C, enlarged and fortified in the 15th century. Double defence wall (10-12m). Unique fountain yard and bronze cristelnita dated 1477

4th Day (32 de km)

Seica Mica-Seica Mare-Buia-Vurar-Hosman
Seica Mare ( Gross-Schelken ), initially a roman church (the 13th C), lated developed into a 15th C fortified gothic church.
Buia (Bell)
Vurpar (Burgbell), dated 1296 named Villa Heoholm, evangelic church from the 13th C, slightly transformed in the 16th C tower added in 1804.

5th Day(28 de km)

Hosman ( Holzmengen ), roman church from the 13th C, fortified in the 15th C. The original entrance portal is preserved.
Marpod ( Marpod ), evangelic church from the 17th C built within the 15th C fortifications
Norcrich ( Leschkirch ), the current church dated from the 18th C was built on the ruins of a 14th C one. The altar is richly decorated in the baroque style
Alt�na (Alzen), dated from 1318, large cetate with 2 walls, first mentioned in 1466
Chirpar ( Kirschberg), initially a roman church, later in the 12th C an evangelic church. Towards the sunset a clock defence tower
Somartin (Martinsberg), fortified church from the 16th C, gothic style

6th Day (25 de km)

Somartin - Bruiu-Agnita-Dealu Frumos-Merghindeal
Bruiu (Braller), dated 1307, roman church from the 13th C. In the 15th C it is transformed into a gothic style one
Agnita (Agnetheln), dated 1318, gothic church with 3 aisles, in the beginning, surrounded by 3 defence walls.
Dealul Frumos (Schonberg), roman church with 3 aisles, toDay gothic in style. Famous in the 16th C
Merghindeal (Mergeln), extremely old roman church, dated 1280. The two towers from the east and from the west give it a symmetry unusual with sacred buildings

7th Day (35 de�km)

Merghindeal-Movile - Iacobeni - Pelisor
Movile ( Hundertbucheln ) � roman church from the 14th C, restored and fortified in the 15th C bazilica romana din sec 14, intarita in sec 15.
Iacobeni ( Jacobsdorf ) �evangelic church with gothic aisles, fortified in the 15th C.

8th Day(25 de km)

Pelisor-Alma Vii-Mosna-Richis-Biertan
Alma Vii ( Almen ), dated 1298. gothic church from the 14th C. restored and transformed in the 16th C. Bell from the 15th C, organ from 1791
Mosna ( Menschen ) dated 1283, 14th C gothic church, 3 aisles , with oblique columns (works of art!).
Richis (Reichesdorf), gothic church with 3 aisles, 14th C. remarkable stone decorations
Biertan ( Birthalm ), dated 1283, famous citadel and gothic church, listed on the UNESCO�s protective sites from 1993, art altar and furniture, Episcopal residence between 1572 and 1867, annual meeting place for Romanians of German origin (from 1991)

9th Day(25 de km)

Biertan-Copsa Mare-Malincrav-Danes
Copsa Mare (Gross-Kopisch), 14th C church, fortified clock tower
Mal�ncrav ( Malmkrog ), documented from 1345, gothic church from the 14th C, enlarged and modified in the 15th C

Media Coverage

Vacante&Calatorii, Actualiatea Romaneasca, Magazin Istoric
Newspapers, radio, local and national TV � present at the opening of the exhibitions
Radio MIX, TVR International and ProTV International
Romanian media from Austria and Germany


    Dragos Matei - project superviser
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    Mihai Dragomir
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