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Agrement of Romania Tourism Ministery n 5206 / 11.12.2001




The city of Sighisoara its the most beautiful and well kept forfied town in Transylvania.Sighisoara reveals itself nowadays too like a genuine city museum offering the modern visitor the rare opportunity to do a travel back time , in the medieval atmosphere of some centuries ago.
 Medieval Houses
In the 12th century a.C. , in the South and East of Transylvania , a German population was colonized.Coming from a European space with a superior civilization , this population built the main medieval towns in Transylvania and Hungary , and brought their contribution to the development of local civilization.
The inhabitants of the medieval town were from the beginning artisans , organized from early times in guilds (corporations).Even if the eldest mention of guild in Sighisoara dates from 1376 , from a documentary point of view most of guilds and handicrafts branches are specified after 1400.

The Dracul House

The legend tells that Vlad Tepes ,the prince of the Romanian Country ,was born there .The town also experienced troubled periods.In the 17th century , the Szeklers several times occupied the town.In 1676 ,three quarters of the town burnt down ; in 1709 , the plague kills 1300 out of the 3000 inhabitants of the town.
From the architectural point of view ,one can notice in the city of Sighisoara the presence of eclecticism : a Gothic style continued by the Renaissance one , and followed by the Baroque style , at which some other influences are added , both in the city and Down town.
The defence system built and protected by the guilds consisted in a long wall of 930 m , 14 defence towers and 5 artillery bastions . There are still preserved 9 towers , 2 bastions and a part of the precinct wall.Out of all the towers , the one that best reflects the defence effort , and at the came time , the striving for affirmation and authority in the city of Sighisoara , is The Clock Tower , which became the very symbol of the town.
The Clock Tower was also useful to the meetings of the Council and to depositing the archives and the treasury of Sighisoara .The whole fortress is a museum and each building is a monument . In the Midle Ages the fortress had almost the same number of houses like nowadays , about 150 .The Venetian House , called after the stone frames of the windows that imitate the Venetian Gothic , dates from the 10 th century , being the residence of the Stephanus Mann.The Vlad Dracul House , the former Paulini house ,seems to be the most ancient civil stone construction of the city .

The covered stairway ( Scara acoperita)

The House With Stag called after stag head fixed to the corner of the building, is a construction specific to the Transylvanian Renaissance , dating probably from the 17 th century.



During the last three days of July , Sighisoara hosts its Medieval Days (Festivalul de Arta Medievala Sighisoara) , during which people dress in traditional costume and stage music and theatrical performances .

A music festival takes places every year in mid-July .

Clock Tower&Museum


We can organize visits up to discover the Sighisoara medieval city !

Dorin and Maria Paraschiv Guest House, Starchiojd village, Grui street, Prahova county, Romania

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