Come now to the forest’s spring
Running wrinkling over the stones,
To where lush and grassy furrows
Hide away in curving boughs.
Then you can run to my open arms,
Be held once more in my embrace,
I’ll gently lift that veil of yours
To gaze again upon your face.
And then you can sit upon my knee,
We’ll be all alone, alone there,
While the lime tree thrilled with rapture
Showers blossoms on your hair.
Your white brow with those golden curls
Will slowly draw near to be kissed,
Yielding as prey to my greedy mouth
Those sweet, red, cherry lips . . .
We’ll dream only happy dreams
Echoed by wind’s song in the trees,
The murmur of the lonely spring,
The caressing touch of the gentle breeze.
And drowsy with this harmony
Of a forest bowed deep as in prayer,
Lime-tree petals that hang above us
Will fall sifting higher and higher.
The beginnings of Holy Cross Church in Prejmer relate to the rule of Teutonic Knights
in Barsa Country 1211-1225.
Widely considered as the most powerful peasant fortification in medieval Transylvania,
the fortress encompassing the church in Prejmer was build between the 15th and the 16th century AD.
In 1240 the church and its associated domain were repossessed by the Cistercian monks.In the 13th century,
in the Early Ghotic style, the church is a Latin cross-plan building with an octagon tower rising over the nave,
ogival vaults and side chapels that flank the polygonal-shaped main apse.On the outside, reflecting Cistercian Gothic-style
influences from the abbey in Carta, are windows with quatrefoil tracery and a console frieze beneath yhe cornice.
Between 1512 1nd 1515, the church was transformed by enlarging western wing and covering it with a ribbed vault.
Inside the church, a valuable polyptych altar depicting the “Passions of Christ” datind from the mid 15th century has been
Prejmer is the most heavily fortifield village church in Transylvania.The double-fortifield inner ward forms an ellipse with
four horseshoe towers completed by a barbican, and wasfilled with one the most advanced systems of provision chambers that
can be seen in a Transylvanian fortifield church.Iside the walls, the village community had all the supplies needed to withstand
a prolonged siege.
The first documentary reference to Prejmer village is from 1240.Organized around a central square that encompasses the fortress-church
the village has almost completely retained its historical layout and structure, as well as the architecture and decoration of
the houses, most were build between the end of 18th century and the begining of 20th century.
In 1520 the village of Prejmer was the largest settlement in Barsa Country, and its present-day structure was completed around 1556.The village
preserves ethnological and historical values illustrating the life of a multi-ethnic community.