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Sighisoara

Sighisoara

Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadels in Europe, being listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It was set up around the end of 12th century by German craftsmen and merchants known as Transylvanian Saxons. The town played a great strategic and commercial role for several centuries. Sighisoara is the birthplace of Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler known as Dracula.

Highlights:

Clock Tower –  the town’s landmark, built in the 13th century, with a height of 64m, is now a museum of history.

Tin Tower – dominates the lower part of old town, with a height of 25m, was rebuilt a couple of times due to earthquake and fire; it is bounded by Archery Tanners Tower having a strong defence role.

Butcher Tower, Shoemakers Tower, Blacksmith Tower – representing the pillars of town’s defence systems, each of them with important roles.

Church on the hill – the construction started in 1345 and is the only one in Transylvania with a chapel located under the choir, containing tombs form 16th century; inside 500 year old frescoes can be admired.

Covered Staircase – built in 1642 consists of 175 wooden stairs (initially 300) meant to facilitate and protect children on their way to the school on top of the hill.

Citadel Square – close to Clock Tower, where Dracula’s House is located, hosting a medieval restaurant at the ground floor and Museum of Weapons at first floor.

The Torture Room – at the base of Clock Tower displays instruments and methods used to torture prisoners.

The citadel offers a large variety of traditional & medieval restaurants, and tiny bars located in historical buildings where you can immerse in an Old Age atmosphere.

Sighisoara location
  • Sighisoara
  • Sighisoara
  • Sighisoara Clock Tower
  • Sighisoara Citadel
  • Sighisoara Dracula's birthplace