The Catholic church in Cristuru Secuiesc is a building that exists at least since 1333, when the first written document about it appears. It talks about a donation that the priest would have done to the Vatican Treasury. It was a remarkable donation and so it’s a proof that this settlement was the biggest in the area.
Later, from the 16th century, the Unitarian and Reformed communities were using the building for celebrations, until the 1767, year in which a regal decree gave it back to the Catholics. Nowadays the basilica has only been partially reconstructed from the original design of the 14th century. The church maintains the look of the 15th century, when they completed the sanctuary. On the northern wall there’s still a fresco with a scene from the Book of Apocalipse: a woman riding a dragon and spreading sins from the cup of anger. On the triumphal arch there’s a fresco representing a bishop with a crown and a shepherd sticks.
Nowadays the Catholic community counts about 1200 believers, the 15% of the population. Tourists can visit the church during masses on Sunday at 9:30AM and 11AM.
In the 16th century the Unitarian Congregation of Cristuru Secuiesc used to hold services in the pre-existing Roman Catholic Church building, jointly with the members of the Reformed Church of Hungary. Following the persecutions of the counter-reformation, the church was taken away and the number of members of the congregation, forced to hold services in private houses, drastically decreased.
The construction of the new Unitarian church building, which mixes elements of the baroque and neoclassic styles, began in 1782 and ended in 1793. The small chapel was later extended to include the bell tower, the corridors and the balcony for the organ (19th century). The original bells were melted during World War I and replaced in 1921. The ceiling panels and benches were decorated with the traditional floral motives of the area in 1982.
You can reach the church on foot from the town center and visit it from Monday to Friday, from 8 to 14, by contacting the minister’s office. The Sunday service is held at 11. The neighborhood is a protected one and the adiacent Unitarian school building is listed as a national monument. The Unitarian Congregation of Cristuru Secuiesc also runs the Tolerancia Hostel.