The Medieval City Of Sighisoara

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.

The Clock tower in Sighisoara medieval citadel

Another shot of the famous Clock tower

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.

Sighisoara city hall

Monastery church

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 Monastery church in Sighisoara

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.

The birthplace of Dracula

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.

Sighisoara citadel's main square in black and white

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.

Georgius Krauss guesthouse

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 catholic church in the citadel

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.

The Shoemakers tower

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.

Towards the covered stairways

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.

The Taylor's tower

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 Cobbler's Tower and the Roman Catholic church in Sighisoara
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.

Sighisoara at sunset

Explore Transylvania: Lake Zetea

The photos presented in this post were captured last year when I traveled with my family to the well-known historical region of Transylvania, Romania. To those who don’t know, Lake Zetea is located in Harghita county and its about 20 km away from the small Romanian town of Odorheiu Secuiesc. This large lake is an artificial lake because it was built to prevent flooding in the surrounding areas. Today, if you plan to visit the place, you will notice a small hydroelectric power plant under the dam which produces clean electricity to the local community.

After we explored this beautiful Transylvanian lake, we drove to our next objective which was the small village called Izvoarele which is a couple of kilometers down in the valley, before the lake.

Panoramic view of the lake

Before we left the lake, I’ve decided to take multiple photos of the lake and the surrounding area and merge them into a panoramic photo. All the photos were captured from the lake’s dam because I’ve considered that place a perfect spot for making interesting panoramic photos. The most interesting element in this picture is the triangle shaped hill which is almost in the middle of the lake.

A panoramic photo of the great lake Zetea

View of lake Zetea from the dam

I remember that this was my first photo of the lake, I’ve shot it as soon as I arrived to the lake. You can notice that the entire lake is surrounded by large forested hills and the shore is packed with large mountain rocks.

Mountain rocks on the shore of the lake

The other side of the dam

As you can see in the photo below, the entire valley is surrounded by large forested hills. At the bottom of the dam, you can spot a white building which operates as a smaller hydroelectric power plant. This small power plant produces hydroelectricity. I have to admit that surrounding areas are really beautiful, especially the view from the dam from where, you are able to see the entire valley and its also a perfect spot for capturing many amazing landscape photos.

A photo of the entire valley and the landscape which surrounds the lake

Stairs covered by water

Close to end of the dam, I’ve found some stairs which helped me to get closer to the water. You can notice that when I shot these photos, the water level was really low.

Some steps covered by the lake's water

Post-processed photo of the lake

Here is a photo which was post-processed a little bit mainly because I thought it the landscape will look much better if I give it a nice sunset look to the image. By the way, the photo below was captured on the same day as the rest of the photos of lake Zetea from this post.

Amazing and unparalleled sunset over lake Zetea

Dark rainy clouds

Probably this is one of my favorite photo of the lake from that day. This is a little bit more dramatic because I wanted to give some importance to the weather as well. I remember back then, the sky was covered with some dark rainy clouds. After some shots even the rain has started and I was forced to leave the place because I didn’t want to get wet.

Lake Zetea between the storm and a sunset

In conclusion, I highly recommend this places especially if you are traveling in the nearby area. In my opinion, the only perfect place the take some nice landscape shots of this place is from the dam.