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A BEAUTIFUL STORY...

Deep in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, the picturesque village of Cund has absorbed centuries’ worth of German, Romanian and Hungarian traditions. The result is an extraordinary fusion of these very different cultures.

The air is cool and clean. Ancient woods and winding paths unfold directly on our doorstep, allowing you to walk for hours without bumping into another soul. In spring, wild daffodils and orchids keep you company; in summer, kestrels soar across the azure skies; in fall, truffle expeditions call you; while in colder weather, the snow-capped hills and mountains seem made for winter sports. Culture and history are intricately bound together in Cund. And within 100 km of the village you will find iconic churches, spectacular medieval buildings and true highlights of visiting Transylvania such as Sibiu, Sighisoara, Medias, Brasov, Bistriza, Agnita, Regin and Tirgu Mures.




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Under the name "Castrum Sex", the town was established in the second half of the 12th century as the sixth of seven castles of the Saxons, and was recorded in the history books under the Old German name of "Schespurch". The Medieval gem, with its extraordinary urban fabric that naturally nestles against the green hills, became a World Heritage Site in 1999.

The St. Nicholas Church in Cund

It is the village's most impressive landmark, built and used by the Saxon community until their (nearly complete) exodus from Transylvania in 1994. The St. Nicholas Church was built in the 15th century, about 180 years after the first records of the Saxon Settlement „Reussdorf“ (the German name for "Cund") can be identified.

It has a Late Gothic reticulated vaulting and, till 1906, it had a hand painted coffered ceiling, a tradition which can be found in many Saxon churches in Transylvania. Sadly, this ceiling was substituted by a simple ceiling in 1906. The Western clock tower was a late addition in 1804, as the Latin inscription testifies. The brick partition pulpit was also built in the 1906 restoration phase and was donated by those Saxons who had left for the U.S. Of exceptional beauty and value is the reformatory winged altar from the 1520s. On the inner wings one can find nice illustrations of the St. Nicholas legend, on the outer wings one can find eight passion illustrations, inspired by Alfred Dürer. Due to the decaying state of the church and specifically too much humidity, the altar was moved to the SighiÈ™oara Bergkirche.

Quite attractive are also the wooden pews and stalls in the Late Renaissance style, featuring crenellations inscribed with year 1532. Following the destruction of the 1587 manufactured church bell, the bell founder „Kaunz“ delivered two new bells. Nowadays the bells of the St. Nicholas church are only being chimed when one of the Saxons has found its final resting place or when a severe thunderstorm is approaching.

With the help of generous donors, we repaired the roof timbering and hope to continue with the restoration. Later on we hope to use it as an inter-religious centre for all the religions now being practiced in Cund (Hungarian Protestants, Romanian Orthodox, Saxon Protestants and German Protestants) and we hope to be chiming the bells on many, much more pleasant occasions!