The citadel from Prejmer, Brasov County (1427), built as a circle, 3-4 meters thick and 12 meters high walls, holding inside hideaways and supply rooms, bastions and iron gates, still preserves several legends about women?s status during Middle Ages and their courage to fight for the safety of the citadel. In witness thereof, there is an unusual combat device inside the citadel: the well-known "Death?s Organ" ? a unique device all over Europe, if not from all over the world at that specific time. Several harquebuses were mounted on the "Death?s Organ", shutting all at the same time, bringing tremendous panic among besiegers. The terrifying stone with the iron ring, where the unfaithful women or law breakers were chained by their legs, still exists at the entrance of the church.
There is a legend saying that, when the Turkish people attacked the citadel of Prejmer hundreds of years ago, those who were inside run out of supplies. In order to solve this issue, women thought they should pick the most beautiful and well-built of them to climb the walls. When the Turkish saw her, they started to whistle and threaten with their swords. The young woman didn?t think too much about it, and, in order to get back at them, she lift up her skirt and spanked herself. This gesture surprised the Turkish and made them go away, explaining that they do not want to get involved with such people.
Another legend from Prejmer tells the story of a Szekely noble who wanted to become the Prince of Transylvania. In order to get on the throne, the noble promised the Turkish people two hundred virgins and two hundred gold bags as a tribute which he will pay every year. They say this deal was made at Prejmer border, naming the place the "Virgins? Chair" ever since.
Women and Pancakes
Nowadays, Prejmer hosts every year, around the citadel, the "Pancakes Festival". A caravan and a suite of medieval characters are organised. Women cook delicious pancakes for the people attending the event. This year, "the longest pancake in the village" was cooked, and in remembrance of bygone days, "Casa Muresenilor" Museum from Brasov presented the "19th Century Clothing" museum pedagogy program to the children in Middle School from Prejmer.