Fortified Church Cloaşterf

Baroque altar

The baroque altar dates from 1716 and is the work of the Sibiu painter Andreas Hermann. The main picture shows the Crucifixion. In the predella there is a picture of the Last Supper. To the left and right of the main picture are wooden sculptures depicting Peter and Paul. Late Gothic stalls from 1532 have been preserved. In addition to the year, a coat of arms with the letters I. N. R. and P R. can be seen.

Organ

Today's organ including the case was built in 1832 by the brothers Friedrich and Wilhelm Mätz; it has manual, pedal and 8 registers.

Baptismal font

The baptismal font or lectern is composed of different parts: an inverted old stone baptismal font forms the base. On the octagonal rim of this basin are symbolic signs from the 14th century Gothic: a stylized cross and a dragon-like animal. The baptismal font set on it is made of solid wood. Above it is a lectern, also with an octagonal base, whose inscription indicates that it was made in 1788 by Georg Rosler.

Gallery painting

Among the panels decorating the gallery parapets, an Entombment is worth mentioning, placed on the west side of the church, flanked by Baroque decorations. The panels of the gallery parapets that run along the walls of the church show different types of images: plant ornaments, depictions of castles, marbling, medallions, etc.

Tabernacle

The tabernacle on the north-eastern wall of the chancel has the shape of a cube on a console divided by rods and covings. It bears the year 1521 on a coat of arms.

Bells

The middle bell was recast in 1830 and 1854. However, an old inscription was copied. Judging by the letters, it must have been written before 1300.

Ring wall

At the same time as the church was being built, a square ring wall with four corner towers was built. The three surviving towers have a trapezoidal ground plan and are set into the wall in the direction of the bisecting line. They have inward-sloping pitched roofs topped by stepped cornices. Remains of the colored version of the outer facades have been preserved.

History

1322 First documented mention. Cloaşterf ("villa Nicholai") is a subject municipality owned by the Cârța Abbey.
1353 The church in Cloaşterf, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, is mentioned for the first time.
1418 The subjects from Viscri, Cloașterf and Meșendorf refuse to pay the taxes due to the monastery in Cârța. The king instructs the dean of the Sibiu chapter and the king's judge of Sibiu to summon twelve jurors from the community and have them pay the taxes to the monastery.
1419 The king forbids the abbot of Cârța to demand unfair taxes from the villages of Criț, Cloașterf and Meșendorf.
1474 King Matthias orders the dissolution of the Cârța Abbey. From now on, the administration of Deutschkreuz will be taken over by the Sibiu magistrate.
1500 Cloaşterf is a village of the Sighisoara chair, where 46 families and 2 shepherds live. There is a school and a mill in the village.
1521 Cloaşterf receives a grant of 6 gulden from the Sibiu Province for the construction of the church.
1521-1524 Construction of the fortified church. It shows similarities with the church of Saschiz.
1524 Behind the organ, on the east wall of the choir is an inscription: '1524 hec structura finita est per me Stephanu Ungar: Sighișoara' (1524 this construction was finished, by me, Stephan Ungar, from Sighișoara).
1549 The burned down people of "Closdorff" are granted a tax rebate .
1600-1650 The gallery is painted with tulips, rosettes and pomegranates.
1717 Cloaşterf gives himself the right to school, following the model of Criț.
1804 A major fire devastates 43 farms.
1816-1819 The gate tower is removed from the southwest corner of the fortified church and a slender four-story bell tower is built in its place.