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Unitarian Church


Sâncraiu lies about 4 km from the county town, to the right of the highroad leading to Ilieni, in one valley of the eastern foothills of the Baraolt Mountains.  

The settlement received its name from its church built in honor of the first Hungarian king, Saint Stephen. In the settlement administratively belonging to Ilieni there are also a Reformed and a Unitarian Church; the Roman Catholic parishioners maintain a chapel. On the hill rising above the village there stands the Unitarian church originating from the 15th century. The earlier church from the 11th century probably stood in its place or in its immediate vicinity. The stone wall surrounding the church, originally built with defence purposes, is in ruined state. For years the church has been under renovation. In the course of wall explorations fresco fragments have also been found. The Gothic church was rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th century; its tower was built on the former watchtower in empire style at the beginning of the 19th century.

It is an interesting fact that from the church tower standing at an altitude of 583 m above sea level 29 church towers of the region can be seen.