The village was mentioned from the first time in documents from 1206 but, because of the lack of archaeological data, it is impossible to recreate the aspect of the community church. Șoarș was a free commune of the Seat of Cincu.

The present church devoted to Saint Jacob appeared in two papal indulgences in 1449 and 1466. The tower on the west, the nave and the polygonal choir, have the same height, the last two being covered with the same roof. There are semicircular entrances of the north and south sides of the first floor of the tower; its interior was covered with a cross vault with stone ribs. The entrance inside the nave is made through a pointed arch portal with a continuous archivolt with four withdrawals. The tympanum has a trilobate arch in which lilies were carved. The second level of the tower has two embrasures, the third one has small pointed arch openings and the fourth has three large Gothic windows. The nave was covered either with a cross-ribbed vault or with a ceiling. Three Gothic windows can be found on the upper level. The choir has a star vault with penetrations and brick ribs, and it is separated from the nave through a slender chancel arch.

At the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, the church underwent defensive transformations. In 1506 and 1507 the community received 12 guilders for the strengthening of the church. The arch on the north side of the ground floor of the tower was walled in, and its last level received a timber gallery. Masonry arches unite 14 buttresses that form machicolations surrounding the church on the north, east and west. A new level for the machicolations, provided with embrasures, was built above the church.

At the same time the fortified precinct was built, including six towers and a perimetral wall passage. The access to the precinct was made through the tower with an oblique roof, from the east end. It is interesting to observe the diversity of plans. We find a hexagonal tower, a rhomboidal one, two square ones and two rectangular ones. The towers were arranged in all the possible manners: obliquely on the corner (the rhomboidal one), annexed and intercalated to the curtain wall. The mantle wall has a wall passage on the inside and was provided with overlapping bow-windows, intercalated with embrasures, so that the access could be easy. Only a small section of the wall from the fortress was preserved until today; a shed was attached to the south wall.

The complex was repaired in 1561 as shown by an inscription above the south portal. Other maintenance works were carried to the fortress in 1727 and 1772. Already, towards 1900, the precinct wall and towers were damaged.

The Baroque altar is the work of the painter Martin Stock from Sibiu and it is from the same year as the pulpit, 1745. In 1774 an organ was brought from Cincu. Between 1835 and 1837 brothers Friedrich and Mätz built a new organ which was replaced in 1912 by one made built by Kark Einchenk from Brașov.

A small bell from 1587 was preserved, and in 1967 was brought a large bell made in 1937, along with two medium ones from 1922 and a small one from 1777 on which the following words were inscribed: Made in 1777 to honor God and to be used by the evangelical community of Hanebach.
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