It’s the letter H this week in Frizztext’s A to Z challenge (ceck the link for more takes on H). So where could H be from my travels?
H could be for Happisburgh, Harrogate, Haslemere, Hay on Wye, Heidelberg, Heiligenblut, Herisson, Hesdin, Hunawihr…..
….. but I am choosing Hamruden (or should I say Homorod) in Transylvania, Romania. Or more precisely the Saxon Church in this village. I have long been captivated by religious architecture.
The church started life as a single nave Romanesque structure in the 13th century, and then in the 15th century it was fortified by the addition of an inner curtain wall and a surrounding one. The Saxon villages were often built around a fortified church, which would offer protection to it’s inhabitants.
I had done a bit of reading up, and it seemed that this was a good example of the Saxon churches, and the best of it, for me, was that we were able to climb the rickety wooden ladders to the top of the bell tower, and get a wonderful view from the wooden balustrade at the top.
Alas, I only had a very basic digital camera on my first trip to Romania, so my images are not fantastic, but at least I have a reminder to jog my memory.
There is a YouTube video of this place here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NZzZygOZhBo