ROMANIA – Wooden churches of northern Oltenia and southern transylvania on the World Monuments Fund watch list

A large number of traditional wooden churches survive in Romania’s northern Oltenia and southern Transylvania region. Associated with small communities, the churches are modest, vernacular structures, which tend to be distinguished by their privileged location, painted decoration, and the skill and care that went into their construction. Wood from Romania’s thick forests lies at the heart of local architectural traditions, as does the technique of building with notched interlocking timbers, formed with axes and handsaws. While most of the churches in this mountainous region were constructed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some of the oldest date from as early as the sixteenth century, and most have been modified and sometimes reconstructed over the years.

via WOODEN CHURCHES OF NORTHERN OLTENIA AND SOUTHERN TRANSYLVANIA | World Monuments Fund.