Fortified church Selistat

The altar

The altar from 1807 shows stylistic features of the transitional period between baroque and classicism. The main picture is a work by the painter Fritz Schullerus from 1892. (Inventory 1931, Roth 1916/320) In the upper part of the altar is a depiction of the Ascension, flanked by small wood sculptures depicting Peter and Paul. Two apostles are depicted in the two veil boards with tendrils. (Inventory 1967) The baroque pulpit cover is dated 1652. In 1807 it was repaired. (inventory 1967)

The organ

1694 a positive is mentioned. (Church invoice/11) In 1865 an organ from Bekokten with 12 registers was bought. In 1867 the organ master Samuel Binder (Schäßburg) made a new organ with 10 registers from the old organ from Bekokten and from an organ from 1746. This is repaired in 1911. (memorial book)

bells

The large bell is not dated, the middle one was cast in 1921 in the Schieb workshop (Hermannstadt). (inventory 1967)

ring wall

15th century The church is surrounded by a curtain wall. In the north-east stands a three-story defensive bastion. Inside it is braced with two brick arches. The building served to store grain. A similar bastion stands to the north of the ring wall. (Horwath 1940/17) Along the ring wall there was a battlement on hanging trestles. (Dancu 1980/26) In 1912 the fortified building north of the church was demolished. (inventory 1931) More recently, the school is being built to the south of the church. Parts of the wall will also be removed. (Dancu 1980/26)

History

1300-1350 Century construction of a Gothic hall church without a bell tower with a polygonal chancel. (Vătăşianu 1959/123) The hall is 12.5 m long and 7.3 m wide, the Gothic chancel is 8 m long and 4.8 m wide, with a massive triumphal arch in between. The chancel has buttresses, a low roof and low windows. A sacristy is added to the north of the chancel. (Horwath 1940/15)
1355 The Hermannstadt Province of the Seven Chairs awards the "Widental" area to Mergeln. The inhabitants of Neustadt, Neithausen, Hundertbüchein and Seligstadt ("Selgestat") had disputed this area with the Merglers. This is the first documented mention of Seligstadt. (Ub. 11/110)
1383 "Tylmannus" from Seligstadt ("de feliei loci [sic!]") belongs to a delegation that has Queen Maria confirm the Andreanic charter of 1224. (Ub. 11/569)
1389 A comparison of a fish pond and a mill between the communities of Retersdorf and Seligstadt shows that Seligstadt is a community of the Schenker chair. (Ub. 11/637)
1461 it is mentioned that the church of Seligstadt is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. (Ub. VI/98)
1480-1500 The church is being rebuilt. A three-storey defense tower made of river and field stones is built above the chancel. The twice stepped buttresses carry a wooden battlements. Six of the buttresses will be rebuilt, the others placed on top of the Gothic church's existing buttresses. The new buttresses conceal three pointed arch windows. The chancel tower received loopholes for archers. A hipped roof rises above the fortified storey. (Dancu 1980/26)
1488 The people of Seligstädter buy the property of the counts of Seligstädter Hattert from the counts Nikolaus and Michael von Retersdorf. (Memorial Book 11/40, German 1883/ 532)
1500 34 innkeepers live in the village, there is a school and a mill, three shepherds and two poor people. (Berger 1894/65)
1500 In a second stage of defense around 1500, the church wall was surrounded with buttresses, which are connected to each other at the top by round arches. Above it rises a fortified storey equipped with shooting niches. The church roof is hipped to the west. The hall and choir have a Gothic star-shaped vault with lunettes. (Vătăşianu 1959/595, Dancu 1980/26)
1508 The king exempts Seligstadt and other places in the area from billeting. (German 1883/539)
1510 At the beginning of the 16th century a well was dug in the north-east corner of the church hall and the west portal of the church was secured with a portcullis. (Vătăşianu 1959/595)
1532 53 hosts live in the village. (Sources Kr. 11/284)
1563 Seligstadt and Hundertbüchein share a chair and pay an annual fee to the chair fund. (German 1883/546f, Csallner 1906/23)
1848 Today's brick vault is erected in place of the Gothic star network vault. It consists of barrels supported on belt arches. (Vătăşianu 1959/595, Klima 1964 LA).
1896 repair of the church.
1908 The choir tower is both the bell tower and the hour tower. The tower clock has been out of order since 1908. (inventory 1931)
1964 Consolidation of the church by concrete belts. (Climate 1964 LA)