The fortified church in Văleni is a Reformed-Calvinist church that was built in 1261 by the Franciscan monks of those times, in Roman style. It was rebuilt in 1452 in the Gothic style. People of the time added an altar and countertops to strengthen the walls. In the following century, a massive tower was built, which had, among other things, the purpose of observation of the whole area.
The church is surrounded by two defensive walls, with bastions, built in the 17th century. The locals took refuge inside the fortifications, including during the raid carried out by the Tatars in the seventeenth century, whose evidence can be seen in the cemetery near the church.
Inside the church, I draw attention, in particular, the white walls and embroidery, so that, looking up, you will be amazed by the ceiling divided into several equal spaces (boxes) painted with various motifs, in 1778.
Like any Reformed church, it also has an organ over 200 years old. Two chandeliers made of wheat, consecrated symbols of the reformed churches, are suspended from the ceiling of the church. These symbolize the bread, that is, the body of Jesus.
The funeral pillars that marked the graves in this cemetery have also become an inspiration for the great sculptor Brâncuși when he made the Infinity Column.
The fortified church from Văleni is one of the most beautiful churches in Cluj County. From where it is located, the place of worship offers a great view of the whole area.