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Although Cris has an imposing church, restored in 1840, the pretty village is more famous for its Bethlen castle, one of the finest examples of Transylvanian renaissance architecture. The castle’s main features are its first storey arched balcony and the tall southern tower built in 1559. Ransacked by the communists over two days and nights in 1947 and then appropriated, the building was partially restored during the Ceausescu era. Recently Cris castle has been returned to descendents of its previous owners, the Bethlen family. Visitors can be shown round by the guardian who lives close by.

The area is also famous for its Downy Oak Nature Reserve. The sub-Mediterranean downy oak species (Quercus pubescens) usually grows in pure forests on south-facing slopes, offering shelter to several other interesting species of plants and animals. Walking carefully through these woods, one can see roe deer, brown hares, wild boars, woodpeckers and pheasants.

How to get there:
By car: 2 h drive from Brasov (from Sighisoara go to Medias direction, then turn left in Danes to Iacobeni)
By train: only until Sighisoara or Medias. No regular busses from here. For train time table here.

Distance from Brasov:
135 km

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