Odorhei region

Inlăceni (Énlaka)

Inlăceni is one of the most interesting settlements of the former Tinutul Odorheiului, today's Harghita county. It shows several architectural and cultural history values. The progressive traditions of Inlaceni are still alive in the mind of the residents. Its folk architecture shows several archaic forms. The archeological and epigraphic values of this small village have been researched thoroughly since the last century. In 1993 there was a proposal referring to making the settlement part of the World Cultural Heritage. Inlăceni shows a unique form of settlement. All the 226 inhabitants (1992) are Magyars.

In this small hill-country village, the cultural and agrarian monuments, historic buildings and living-houses represent the the main attractive force of tourism. These touristic values could transform it into a significant centre of village tourism. If approached along the Firtusu road, the "pitoresque disorder" of several scattered, winding streets, roads running up and down, cart-roads, irregular estates, unevenness and orderlessness of the building strikes the viewer. Today the coordination of the recreation and environment protection functions of the forest is reasonable in this sylviculture country, while the preservation of the centre, its peculiar setllement structure, the ancient parts of the settlement (the "tens") would be the task of the greatest importance. The repairs of the present-day building stock would provide a proper basis for increasing the number of the touristic values. The entire life style of the traditionally farming village shows lasting values to the lovers of the green-ecotourism.

Unitarian church

In the centre of Inlăceni, in the "Church Field" was erected the (655 m high) church surrounded by stone-wall, entered into the register of the monuments with number 3272. It is one of the most significant historic monument churches of the Unitarian country of Tinutul Cristurului, one of Inlăceni's several cultic architectural values.

Regional geographic walk in the village

Inlăceni is an ancient Szekler settlement. As a result of the structure of its inner area and the peculiar way of the arrangement of the setllement-forming elements the south facing village has a unique form. Its north-south axis is 750 m long, while the longer east-west axis is of nearly 1.5 km length. The street network characterizing the mediaeval village structure, the irregular overbuilding of the plots of different sizes, various tracing, sloping streets and the small "passes" create the peculiar inner atmosphere of the village, giving a spectacular picture together with the valuable creations of the folk architecture.

The structure of the village is well-proportioned and naturally fits into the potentialities of the small country. The trichotomous Szekler peasant houses together with the farmbuildings stretch along the winding streets. Inlăceni belongs to those free Szekler settlements that have preserved centuries-old details for posterity. In the formation of the today's aspect of the village, the peasant farming, the possession, the decimal system as well as the demographical factors have played important roles. In its present form the village shows a loose setty structure, faithfully preserving the inner traditions of the Szekler community in its plan, structure and exterior look. The isolation, the poor state of the roads were helping factors in this. The "set village" image is mainly due to the decimal street structure.