Alma Vii is a special place
It is one of the few villages founded by the Saxons many hundreds of years ago and that today has an active population and a well-preserved cultural and natural heritage. The MET Foundation has been making its presence felt in the village since 2008, when nine wooden bridges were repaired in partnership with the town hall and local craftsmen.
In the following years, the facades of several private houses were renovated, the village dispensary was consolidated, repaired and equipped, as well as the shop in the village. Also during this period, MET organized vocational training courses and offered advice to residents who wanted to develop small businesses.
In April 2015, MET and its partner, the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, started the Alma Vii Traditional Culture Interpretation Center project – Restoration and refurbishment of the fortified enclosure.
The project, worth 3,917,542 lei, was financed by an EEA grant and co-financed by MET and the Horizon Foundation. It was initiated following studies and as a continuation of multiple meetings and discussions with members of the Alma Vii community. During the dialogue with the community, it was highlighted the value that the inhabitants place on the fortified church of the village. Built in the 14th century and then extended 200 years later, the fortified enclosure underwent extensive restoration work within this project. The restoration focused especially on the towers and the fortification wall, but also on the arrangement of the interior space of the fortified enclosure and its transformation into a local cultural centre that will host special events and community celebrations.