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About Archita, Romania


Archita, Romania (in German, "Arkeden") was settled by Germans around 1200 and was originally named Ercud in 1356. Arkeden came from the Hungarian "erek" which means arch or arc (our position in the landscape explains everything).

Archita was a German community of 100 families until around 1700. Nowadays, Archita has about 600 residents of Romanian, Roma, and Saxon origins. People make their livings in agriculture, livestock (mostly sheep), and working in the nearby city Sighisoara.

Local Shepherd
Village Family


The Fortified Church

Archita Church

Our village has a well-preserved, fortified church in the center of town (and right across the street from our guest house). It has two walls and six of the original nine towers. The original church was a Roman basilica with three naves built in the 13th century, and got its bell tower, made abroad, in 14th century. In 1500 the basilica was turned into single-nave gothic church, and its altar was made in 1777 in baroque style.



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