The 700-year-old Evangelist church in the city of Bistrita in Romania’s Transylvania region burned June 11, 2008 during renovation works. According to official sources the church’s main spire, which at 75 meters (247-feet) is the highest in Transylvania, collapsed during the blaze.
The church is the main attraction of Bistriţa’s central square. It was built by the Transylvanian Saxons and originally constructed in the 14th century in Gothic style but later remodeled between 1559–1563 by Petrus Italuswith Renaissance features. It was re-renovated in 1998.
The reasons of the fire are yet unknown.