Streets of Sighişoara
January 5, 2008Posted by on
A walk through Sighişoara (See-guee-show-ah-rah) is like a journey back in time. Located in Southern Transylvania, the city was built by German colonists called “Sachsen” (Saxons), who settled beginning with the 12th century, invited by the Hungarian King to secure the borders of just conquered Transylvania. They came allegedly from the ares of today’s Rheinland-Luxemburg. They built a chain of well-organized villages and city-fortresses, 7 of them more important, giving the German name of Transylvania – Siebenbürgen, i.e. “7 castles / fortresses”. Sighişoara was one of them. Today it is apparently the only inhabited original medieval citadel in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful towns in Romania. If you ask me, the most beautiful. The city was built on the top of a hill, surrounded by defense walls and towers. At the top, the most important buildings of a city – school and church. At the bottom, the city hall and houses.
Each defense tower was built and maintained by one of the city’s manufacturer guilds.The highest and strongest tower served till 1898 as a city hall, since then history museum.
It is called the Clock Tower and it is the landmark of the city.
Usually, in summer streets are more and more crowded with tourists, albeit nothing like in famous European tourist centers – few people have, yet, heard of Sighişoara, and of those, even fewer get to go there, as it is not exactly on everyone’s way home.
But this winter, the narrow streets of cobbled stone were almost empty.
passing by the House with the Stag
up towards the school
through the 176 steps long covered wooden staircase from 1642
Most of the houses are from the late 16th, 17th and 18th century
and some even look that old 🙂
Time to stop at a local Inn for a rest and a hot wine with cinnamon.
Then we can go down
and a look at the Tinners’ Tower, the Joseph Haltrich High School and the Church from the Hill.
for a view of “downtown” (actually, just a few rooftops).
Finally, for New Year’s Eve, a look at the fireworks from the top of the “Vila Franka” hill, from a restaurant a friend of mine called “Batman House”.
Happy New Year!