Copsa Mare: The Wonderful Surprise from the End of the Road

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Copsa Mare is one of those traditional villages from Transylvania you should see at least once in a lifetime. Hidden in a green valley from Tarnavelor Plateau, only a short walk from Biertan and its World UNESCO Heritage Site, Copsa Mare is a wonderful surprise.

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An old village for a new world

Located at the end of a panoramic road, the village and its centuries old fortified church are part of the singular history of these places, colonized hundreds of years ago by the Saxon populations who came to defend the borders of Transylvania in exchange for land and freedom. First mentioned in writing in 1238, the village, also known as Grisz-Kapesch in the Saxon dialect, was throughout time a major center of the Saxon land.

Copsa Mare

Well-known back in the day for its large vineyard plantations, Copsa Mare conserved along time its typical architecture with wide streets and solid houses aligned along the two main routes of the village. Its 14th century fortified church guards the small community from the top of a hill, easily seen from the winding road that descends to the village.

The fortified church from Copsa Mare

The main monument of the village, the fortified church from Copsa Mare dates from the 14th century. Modified several times along the years, the fortification of the church started in the 16th century when the main nave was elevated and firing holes were added while the bell tower was equipped with a wooden guard post. The choir was also strengthened, becoming taller than the nave, while the rectangular fortification wall was added later. Only one of its two initial towers exists today.

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The features of the Baroque style dominate the interior, the most valuable pieces being the organ from 1800, the pulpit and the altar from 1854 brought here after the original one was recovered and used in the sacristy of the parish church from Sibiu. Imposing and fascinating like all other fortified churches from Transylvania, this old historical monument is not the only attraction in the village. Its architecture, warm people and splendid green surroundings are the perfect ingredients Copsa Mare offers for a vacation in Transylvania whether you want to relax or take day trips to the many attractions close to the village.

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Copsa Mare Guest Houses: The real thing

If you’re planning a longer stay in the region, we recommend the guest houses from Copsa Mare, restored with the greatest respect for traditional architecture by the Bassetti family. The authentic experience of a Saxon-style house, topped with delicious local food made from organic ingredients, is one of the best parts about staying in a village like Copsa Mare. Offering accommodation both for couples looking for a romantic time or larger groups of friends, these guest houses combine modern utilities with local traditions of building and decorating. Discover the guest houses

copsa mare guest houses

Travel tips

From Copsa Mare you can take many day trips, walking or cycling, to nearby villages like Biertan and Malancrav. Dumbraveni, a small city just 16 km away, is also worth a visit as you can see here the largest Armenian-Catholic Cathedral in Romania.

You can also take long walks or go horseback riding in the great outdoors surrounding the village.

By car, you can easily travel to Sighisoara, Viscri and Rupea or to Mosna, Alma Vii and Medias.

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About the author

Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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