Sighișoara is a well known city which is located in the heart of the historic region of Transylvania, Romania. Now, If you wonder why its so well known, its because of the old and well preserved fortified medieval citadel which is also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In my opinion, this one of the most beautiful inhabited citadel in Romania and probably in Europe as well.
In this post I’ve decided to add some photos of Sighișoara medieval citadel’s main sights. I highly recommend this tourist destination especially if you plan to visit the historical region of Transylvania. If you plan to stay for a couple of days, you should know that you can find many hotels both in the city and in the inhabited medieval citadel.
The Clock Tower
The Clock tower has a height of 64 m and inside you can find an amazing medieval museum. Under this tower is the main entrance into the citadel and also under the Clock tower, you can find the torture room.
Sighișoara city hall
The Sighișoara town hall can be found within the medieval citadel. If you plan to take some photos of the town hall then you should know that its located close to the Clock Tower and even closer to the Monastery church. This building was built between 1887 and 1888, after some parts of the monastery were demolished. Inside the town hall, at the upper floor you can find a beautiful hall which was built in baroque style.
The Monastery church can be found in the Sighișoara medieval citadel and its located close to the Clock tower. Unfortunately, the monastery was demolished at the end of the 19th century and its place was taken by the present town hall. The only building which remained untouched was the Monastery church. The most amazing thing is that the organ is used even today in many concerts organized in the Monastery church.
The birthplace of Dracula
In that yellow building, Vlad Tepes “The Impaler” (also known as “Dracula”) was allegedly born. According to a plate which can be found on his house, he lived there between 1431-1435. His birthplace is located close to the Clock Tower, in the so called Citadel Square, Sighișoara. Today, in that house you will find a nice bar and a restaurant.
Sighișoara citadel’s main square
In the photo below you can see a part of Sighișoara citadel’s Main square. There you can find many restored houses which were built in the 15th-18th century. Back in the Middle Ages, in that small square were held criminal trials, fairs and many cultural events. In our days, you can find there hotels and restaurants, one of the most famous hotel which is located in the Main square is the House with Stag.
The “Casa Georgius Krauss” guesthouse
Close to this pension you can find a couple of historical landmarks like: the Catholic Church, the Shoemakers’ Tower, the Central Square, the City Hall and the Clock Tower. You can find more details on their official website.
The Roman Catholic church
This Roman Catholic Church is located in the Sighișoara medieval citadel, near the enclosure wall. It’s also very close to the Town Hall. I would like to share only a couple of things about this church: It was built in 1894 after the demolition of the Franciscan convent. The organ from that church was made in 1908 and it was purchased from a nearby Saxon church.
The Shoemakers Tower
The Shoemakers Tower is one the 9 towers of the medieval citadel. After the 1676 fire, the tower got the present shape.
Towards the Covered Stairways
At the end of this street you’ll find the Covered Stairways which will lead you to the Church on the Hill.
The Taylor’s Tower
This is the second entrance into the medieval citadel. According to the original story, this tower had almost the same height as the Clock Tower but due to the 1676 fire, the upper part of the tower was destroyed.
Empty street in the citadel on a misty morning
When this shot was captured, the streets were pretty empty so it was much easier for me to shot some amazing images without people in them. If you walk down this street, you will end up next to the old Cobbler’s Tower and from there, you can actually take some interesting images of the Roman Catholic church.
The medieval citadel at sunset
Here is a shot of the citadel and a small part of the city, also lets not forget about the Tarnava river which flows near the Sighisoara medieval citadel. This shots was captured on a separate trip but since it was captured on a summer day like the ones in this post, I have decided to include this sunset shot into this post.