Fortified church Rodbav

Baroque altar

The baroque altar was made in 1775-1776. The main image is flanked by wooden sculptures of Peter and Paul. Corinthian columns with protruding angel figures complement the Baroque ornamentation. The central picture was painted in 1900 by Ludwig Schüller and depicts the blessing of children.

Pulpit

The pulpit is dated 1678 and carved in stone.

Bells

A small bell bears the inscription: "I call the living, I unite for harmony, I mourn the dead. Cast in 1711, recast by Michael Manchen in Sighisoara in 1889". Original: „Die Lebenden ruf' ich, zur Eintracht verein' ich, die Toten bewein' ich. Gegossen 1711. Umgegossen durch Michael Manchen in Schäßburg 1889."

Defense wall

The church is surrounded by a ring in the shape of an elongated quadrangle that adapts to the terrain. The ring wall has embrasures and cast-iron bay windows. In the southeast corner there is a shell tower open to the inside. In the east, the ring is closed by a rectangular fortified building.

West portal

There is a richly decorated Romanesque portal in the west wing of the church displaying two pairs of columns with cushion and guilloche capitals, profiled bases, and imposts. During the 15th century the west portal was bricked up and opened five hundred years later during some extensive restoration work in 1965-1973.

History

1200-1250 A Romanesque pillared arcaded basilica is built, It is assumed that the church suffered greatly during the Mongol storm.
1250-1300 The Romanesque basilica is rebuilt with a bell tower.
1337 First documentary mention occasionally in the enumeration of clergymen of free parishes in a papal tax register.
1400-1500 Reconstruction of the church into a fortified church. The side aisles of the Romanesque basilica were removed and a fortified storey was built above the nave and choir.
1532 Rodbav is the smallest village of Cincu chair, where 12 families live.
1641-1642 The roof truss probably dates from this period.
1731 Romanian villagers could also store grain in chests inside the walls of the fortified church. They paid a fixed amount for it.
1850 The healing effect of the iodine bath next to Rodbav is proved.