Location of Laslea
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At the 2011 census, 61% of inhabitants were Romanians, 30% Roma, 7.5% Germans and 1% Hungarians. At the 2002 census, 76.2% were Romanian Orthodox, 7.2% Pentecostal, 5.7% Evangelical Lutheran, 5.2% Seventh-day Adventist, 2.6% Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession and 1.2% Baptist.
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In later centuries the Apafi family (Hungarian nobles in Transylvania) buried their dead in the church since they had overlordship in the village, but the sarcophagi were removed (one of Mihaly Apafi is now in Budapest's Hungarian National Museum). The locality was not part of the autonomous Saxon territory, although until the 1970s it was populated by Germans.
Prince of Wales and sustainable tourism
In 2006, The Prince of Wales bought and restored two 18th century Transylvanian Saxon houses in the villages of Mălâncrav and Viscri to help protect the unique way of life that has existed for hundreds of years and promote sustainable tourism.
The buildings have been sensitively restored and converted into guesthouses for tourists. They remain in keeping with the surrounding architecture and feature a number of Transylvanian antiques but with modern facilities where possible.
The renovation of these buildings has helped provide a sustainable future for the people of rural Transylvania while also enabling residents to maintain their traditional way of life.
Mălâncrav church gallery
- Romanian census data, 2011; retrieved on March 15, 2012