The US Embassy has announced that ambassador Hans Klemm is donating USD 59,300 to the Superior Consistory of the Evangelic Church Sibiu under the auspices of the special U.S. Department of State program called the “Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation.” 

The grant aims to help restore the Medieval Fortified Churches of Movile, Agarbiciu (both in Sibiu) and Daia (Mures).  This morning, Ambassador Hans Klemm and Bishop Reinhard Guib held a ceremony at the fortified medieval church in the village of Movile.

Ambassador Klemm said:  “Our cultural heritage is a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the United States expresses its profound respect for cultures other than its own.  The medieval fortified churches of Transylvania are monuments to Europe’s cultural heritage.”

Local officials, representatives of the Evangelical Church, of the Fortified Churches Foundation, of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Transylvania, archaeologists and construction experts were present at the ceremony.

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 countries around the world.  Romanian projects financed through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation include the restoration of the fortified churches in the villages of Movile and Daia, in Sibiu County, the adaptive reuse of the former Hinech Neorim Orthodox Synagogue in Oradea, the restoration of the fortified church of the village Moardas in the Sibiu area, the preservation of Artifacts from the Alba-Iulia Fortress Archaeological Site, the restoration and Interpretation of Historic Buildings in Rimetea (Discovering hidden treasures of Rimetea), the collection of Objects and Recording of Romani’s Traditional Cultural Expressions – Funds were granted to the NGO “The Association for Dialogue and Civic Education” to assist in preserving Romani cultural heritage by first and foremost documenting it so that resources on Roma culture can be provided, the restoration of the National Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca, the the preservation of photos and negatives on film and glassof “Dimitrie Gusti” Digital Library of Ethnographic Images, as well as the restoration of Stavropoleos Monastery Courtyard in Bucharest.