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INTO THE CARPATHIANS
Saxon church in Transylvania

Saxon fortified church in Transylvania. © Jürgen Sauer

"The Saxons would go on to build the 'seven fortified cities of Transylvania'—hence the region’s German name, Siebenbürgen ('Seven Cities')—as well as stout churches in many a country village. The Germanic immigrants not only helped defend Transylvania, but their energy and craftsmanship brought prosperity, and they were able to maintain their culture—their neat, solid, and defendable houses; austere but pragmatic habits; modest dress; and language—reportedly less changed than that of the kinsfolk they left behind—until well into the twentieth century."

— page 38, Into the Carpathians
© Alan E. Sparks

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