Harghita

Bistrita-Nasaud

Eastern Transylvania


Western Transylvania

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Richis

Fortified Churches:
Agnita | Biertan | Cincu | Cincsor | Dealu Frumos | Harman | Merghindeal | Prejmer | Richis | Valea Viilor
Viscri | Saschiz | Crit | Mosna | Cisnadie and Cisnadioara | Cristian Sibiu | Cistercian Monastery Carta
Slimnic Fortress | Câlnic | Agarbiciu | Axente Sever | Sura Mare | Barcut | Homorod | Miercurea Sibiului
Halchiu | Selistat | Soars

RichisThe church was built in successive stages in the form of a towerless Gothic basilica. The oldest elements of architecture of the present-day church date from the second half of the 14-th century. The year 1541 is engraved on a keystone and on the chancel arch, indicating the conclusion of the construction at large.

In comparison with other village churches, this monument is unique, because of the two chapels flanking the choire. The same planimetric pattern was used at the Sain Michaels Church in Cluj-Napoca. The vestry door, the sacrament alcove, the pulpit, the west portal, the key stones and the vault ribs, resting on on corbels or on collonnettes with capitals, highlight the Gothic architectural sculptures.

The nave and the aisles, the choir and the lateral chapels are cross-vaulted and display keystones decorated with a wide range of leaf, zoomorphic and antropomorphic designs. No other village church in Transylvania boasts a richer repertoire of keystones. On some of them, we see Christ's face, a representation of a pelicanfeeding its young and a representation of the Lamb with the Ressurection Flag.

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