Roadeş, formerly called Roadăş (Raddeln, Radln, Rarlen in the Saxon dialect, Radlen, Radeln, Radenthal in German and Rádos in Hungarian) is a village situated in the county of Brasov, Transylvania region, Romania and it belongs to Bunesti commune. The village has preserved its customs and traditions that have been passed on from father to son, to future generations. Once everything happened inside and around the fortified church around which today village developed. Nowadays, both Bunesti commune and village represent a big interest for investors and tourists due to the tourist potential of the place and cultural and historical heritage. The last investment was attracted by Peter Maffay with the purpose to achieve a big project called ?The Fortified Church of Roades, a Protected Place for Children?, in partnership with the Peter Maffay Foundation and the Tabaluga Foundation.
In the village of Roades there is a fortified church which lies up on a hill with relatively steep slopes and it is protected by a double wall with five defence towers.
The tower of the church features a well preserved continuous gallery. The arcades are positioned onto the nave of the church and not in the area of the choir, as usual.
The main west tower had initially at its lower part an entry whose walls present four ogive-shaped openings wrapping the tower like a mantle. The building was finished in 1526. This historical monument preserved until nowadays, but it still requires restoration and rehabilitation works.
A 3 million euro investment
The project to be implemented in the village of Roades includes improvement works of the parish house and annexes (500,000 euro). This amount will be granted by the Foundation ?Peter Maffay? which will also cover the costs necessary to build a camp for under-privileged children. The investor intends to repair the oven from the parish house?s yard, to use it for cooking bread, so that children get involved in the traditional events of the village, as a therapeutic method.
The activities expected within the project ?Fortified Church of Roades, a Protected Place for Children? will include renovation of the village?s fortified church. This church will be included in the international tourist circuit in maximum three years. The project is estimated at a total amount of three million euro, the largest part being obtained through funds rising.
Peter Maffay has chosen the village of Roades after visiting 14 places which had fortified churches. He searched for a solitary place and a project that would revive the community of that place. ?Roades is a Saxon Transylvanian village from where the German ethnic groups left and now the church, priceless both form the touristic and historic points of views, is in ruin. The project would be a true mine gold for the commune of Bunesti. The Local Council and administration have supported this project and they invite tourists to visit this place to meet the people, the cultural-historical objectives and the natural environment?, said the Mayor of Bunesti commune.