The Clock Tower

Today I have decided to share a photo from my recent trip to the medieval city of Sighisoara. In the photo below you will able to notice the well known Clock tower which is one of Sighisoara’s main sights. This photo was capured when the sun started slowly to set. Unfortunately that day, some clouds covered the sun and I wasn’t able to capture a “perfect” sunset photo.

The Clock tower in HDR

The Corvin Castle In Hunedoara

We decided to visit the Corvin castle on our way back from the medieval city of Sighisoara. After almost four hours of driving across the historical region of Transylvania, we reached the outskirts of Hunedoara. In about 15 minutes of driving in the city, we have arrived to Hunyad castle.

 The Hunyad castle and the wooden bridge

This castle is one of the most visited places in the region of Transylvania. The Hunyad castle or the Corvin castle is located at the edge of Hunedoara city, on a smaller hill. The construction of the castle began in 1446 at the orders of John Hunyadi at it was built mainly in Gothic style but it also has some Renaissance architectural elements. According to some travel websites, this castle is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Romania.

The Corvin castle

Scary gargoyles

These gargoyles can be found inside the well-preserved Hunyad castle which is located in the city of Hunedoara, Romania. These gargoyles are located in the southern end of the courtyard, you can spot them very easily from the castle’s defense wall.

Gargolyes on the castle's roof

The legend of the well

According to the legend, the well from the photo below was dug by three Turkish prisoners, to whom John Hunyadi promised the freedom. The prisoners dug for 15 years and they managed to make the well 28 meters deep, they also find the precious water. Meanwhile, John Hunyadi had died and his wife didn’t respect her husband’s word, instead she ordered the killing of the three Turkish prisoners. The last request of the prisoners before execution was to write on a piece of stone in the well the following sentence: “You may have water, but you have no soul”.

The well within the castle

The Drummer’s Tower

This tower is located on the eastern side of the Hunyad castle and as you can see, it has a circular shape with two defense levels, the gunmen level and the embattled level. As I remember this tower was built between 1440 and 1444.

The Drummer's tower

The courtyard

As you can see the castle’s courtyard was a little empty, before we left the place a larger group of tourist were going inside the castle.

Hunyad castle's courtyard

Hunedoara cityscape

In the photo below, you can see a part of Hunedoara. This photo was captured on the Hunyad castle’s defense wall.

Hunedoara cityscape

Here is a link to the Corvin castle’s official website, check it out and find out more details about opening times and ticket prices.

Panoramic View Of Lake Zetea

Today I have decided to share a panoramic photo of the beautiful lake Zetea. The main reason that this was turned into a black and white photo is because the weather was very ugly on the day when I captured this photo. To make this photo look even more interesting, I’ve also decided to add some motion blur effect to the ugly rain clouds. In conclusion, here is the final result.

More photos of lake Zetea?

Don’t forget to check out my older post of lake Zetea here, over there you’ll find more images of this amazing place and the surrounding areas.

panoramic view of lake Zetea in black and white

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 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

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

 

Bigar Waterfall

Bigar waterfall is located in the southern part of the Anina mountains, in the Cheile Nerei National Park, about 5 km away from lake Golumbului and about 20 km from the mining city of Anina. If you plan to visit that place you should know that you have to drive on winding roads in order to get to Bigar waterfall but fortunately the landscape is amazing, especially in autumn and proabaly in winter as well. As a small suggestion, there is a parking lot about 200 m away from the waterfall so you even have a place where you can leave your car if you plan to visit this place.

If you wish to visit even more things at the Bigar waterfall natural reservation like some smaller waterfalls,  the Bigar cave and the underground water spring, you’ll have to pay a 5 lei ticket which is about 1.43 US dollars in order to visit the small natural reservation.

According to The World Geography, the Bigar Waterfall occupies the first place on their list of 8 waterfalls around the world.

Towards the cascade

After we left our car in a smaller parking lot which is located almost half of kilometer, we came across this amazing landscape. As you can see in the photos below, the entire landscape is surrounded by steep mountains.

The main road towards the Bigar waterfall
Towards the Bigar waterfall
Another photo of the road which leads to the waterfall and the mountains in the background
Another photo of the road and the mountains

The Bigar Waterfall

Now here are some photos taken at the Bigar waterfall and to those who don’t know, Bigar is a small waterfall where the water falls from a cliff which is covered with green moss and I have to admit that its amazing and very unique, especially in Romania.

A photo of the famous Bigar waterfall
The famous Bigar waterfall
A rapid stream located close to the waterfall
Rapid stream near the waterfall
A small waterfall in the forest
A small waterfall
The Nera river which flows in front of the Bigar waterfall
The Nera river

After we left this place, our next destination was the Serbian border town of Vršac which is located in the Banat region.