Odorhei region

Bisericani (Székelyszentlélek)

Bisericani is one of the oldest settlements of the Upper Nicau region. From here we can approach the other settlements along the Middle and Lower -Nicau , namely the Nyíres Hill to the east (left) (702 m), then Bulgareni with which it has grown together. In 1992, the population of the village consisted of 634 people, all Magyars. Administratively, the village belongs to Lupeni. National Road 13A touches the west of the village, along the school, the Roman Catholic Church and the Museum. The settlement is situated at 500-550 m altitude. On the border of the village, the valley of the Nicau widens and the Baknya Pass closes the horizon towards the Odorhei Basin.

Roman Catholic Church

The church is a registered historical monument of Harghita county (1992). It stands on the south corner of the village in the Szentegyház field, on the left side of National Road 13A. It consists of a tower, nave, chancel and a sacristy. The mediaeval church (probably built at the end of the 13th century) has been rebuilt for several times. Many of its later elements originates in the Baroque. According the tradition, once, at Whithsun, snow fell in the place where the Catholic church stands today. Because snow is the symbol of purity, the was consecrated to the Holy Ghost. The village used to be the mother-church of Lupeni, Moresti and Bulgaresti. During the 17th century it suffered the consequences of two Mongol invasions.

Museum-house (Bisericani Landhouse)

In the vicinity of the Roman Catholic Church, on the left side of National Road 13A 100 m far from the Nicau bridge in the north, the Bisericani landhouse was opened in May 1977. The small village museum preserves and shows the ethnographic traditions of the Upper Nicau region. Nearly 700 folk object are displayed here. The building housing the museum, with a Szekler-gate in front of it, was built in the 1850s and it presents the typical house of a Szekler smallholder.