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    How to find the objects

    by Askla Written Dec 7, 2012

    Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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    Citadel Towers

    by HORSCHECK Written May 21, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Between the 14th and 16th century the craft guilds of Sighisoara erected 14 towers to protect the town. Nine of these are still standing, with the Clock Tower (Tumul cu Ceas) being the most impressive one (see my "Things to Do" tips). Other noteable towers include:

    The Cobblers' Tower (Turnul Cizmarilor), which houses a small observation tower. Its history dates back to the middle of the 16th century.

    The richest guild in town built the Tailors' Tower (Turnul Croitorilor) in the 14th century. It was the second entrance gate to the citadel and used as a gunpowder deposit in the 17th century.

    The history of the small Furrier’s Tower (Turnul Cojocarilor) dates back to the 15th century. In 1676 it was totally destoyed by a fire. The tower is located just next to the small Torle gate (Poarta Torle).

    The Blacksmith Tower (Turnul Fierarilor ) was completed in 1631 on the spot of the former Barber’s Tower. It can be found in the neighbourhood of the Church of the Dominican Monastery.

    One of Sighishoara's oldest buildings is the Ropemakers' Tower (Turnul Franghierilor), whose history dates back to the 13th century. It is located just between the Church on the Hill and the adjacent Saxon cemetery.

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    Citadel Square

    by HORSCHECK Written May 20, 2012

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    Burgher houses on Citadel Square
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    Favorite thing: Probably Sighisoara's nicest square is the cobbled Citadel Square (Piata Cetatii) in the very heart of the upper town. In mediveal times it was the spot of craft markets as well as public executions.

    Nowadays many of the colourful buildings are home to restaurants and cafes as well as hotels and guesthouses. Benches and trees invite for a rest on summer days.

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    Sighisoara by night

    by HORSCHECK Written May 20, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Almost all buildings inside the citadel are beautifully illuminated at night. Among them are the Clock Tower, the Tailor's Tower, the Church on the Hill and the St. Joseph Church, just to name a few. Also the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in the lower town is well worth seeing in darkness.

    When we visited Sighisoara in low season in April 2012, there were almost no people at night in the citadel area. This added to the special atmosphere of the medieval town centre; which was only disturbed by one or two guided tour groups.

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    Birthplace of Vlad Tepes

    by HORSCHECK Written May 20, 2012

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    Vlad Tepes Statue

    Favorite thing: Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), also known as Vlad Darcula. Impaling
    was his favourite method of execution, hence the name.

    As Vlad III. he was the Prince of Wallachia from 1431 until 1476. He is said to be the person, who inspired Bram Stoker to create the novel character Count Dracula.

    A bust of Vlad Tepes can be found on the Museum Square (Piata Muzeului), just between the Church of the Dominican Monastery and the town hall.

    Vald Tepes' birth house is said to be the building at the street Str. Cositorarilor 5 right in the heart of the citadel. Nowadays it houses the touristy Casa Vlad Dracul restaurant.

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    Traffic Mirror

    by antistar Written Sep 20, 2009

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    Convex Traffic Mirror, Sighisoara
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    Favorite thing: Sometimes the combination of the ordinary and extraordinary can make for some interesting pictures. In Sighisoara there was a convex traffic mirror designed to help drivers navigate around the citadel's tight, narrow streets. It also helped me to take some unusual pictures... well it gave me something to do after I had run out of things to see in the old town.

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    Local Animals

    by antistar Written Sep 20, 2009

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    Kitten, Sighisoara
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    Favorite thing: Sighisoara didn't have a stray dog problem like some other places in Romania. Instead it had some beautiful, well fed cats. This little kitten was so not hungry that it ignored the piece of cheese someone had given it, and was instead fascinated by a single scrap of paper. It would stalk the scrap like it was a mouse and then run away as soon as the breeze moved the paper. On the window ledge above, its mother watched over it protectively.

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    General Overview

    by DPando Written Jan 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A general sight from the city... this place could be impossible to look for it again ....my british friend took us ( me and Eddie the canadian ) among th ejungle, the trees looking for a natural canyon ..a rare canyon and so so disapointed when we saw it..and the way back he was the guide and took us to this vantage point where it were a restaurant and a leisure place
    The beer was extremely cheap for a hottie day like it was !!

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    Non touristic areas

    by DPando Written Jan 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Sighisoara is split in two..the most toursitc area is the castle and surroundings and the most attractive for me is this one ... where you can see locals living their normal life and their flats and houses ...made some of them in wooden !!
    its the "other sighisoara".. extremly different to the postcards that we can buy for an inexpensive price there

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    Sighisoara

    by DPando Written Dec 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The town is split in two, the upper town or citadel, the most tourstic spot and where is always full of fly (tourist) looking up
    The other is the lower town, where the people live and at the same time split by a wide river.
    I rather this last because you can see real locals moving and living as they do.

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    The Streets and Houses of the Citadel

    by Andraf Updated Mar 17, 2005

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    Sighisoara Street

    Favorite thing: One of the things that I liked the most in Sighisoara was to walk the long and narrow cobbled streets lined with faded pink, green, and ocher houses. Each house deserves a look as each one of them is different than the others and has something worth seeing. Some look like simple craftmen's houses while others look like houses that belonged to the rich. Since the citadel is still inhabited is interesting to see how life goes on within its walls. Everybody goes about their business as they did centuries ago. And if you happen to find yourself alone on one of the streets, with no car or other sign of the modern world around, you'll start to feel as you've suddenly woke up in the 16th century.

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    Sighisoara's Towers

    by Andraf Updated Jun 14, 2004

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    Tinkers' Tower, Sighisoara

    Favorite thing: Around the citadel walls are the towers that the guilds erected during the 14th to 16th centuries to protect the town from Turkish raids. Each tower was built by one of the guilds and bears the name of the guild. 14 towers were erected but only 9 are still standing. I walked around the perimeter of the citadel and was able to spot The Rope Makers' Tower (Turnul Franghierilor), The Taylors' Tower (Turnul Croitorilor), The Showmakers' Tower (Turnul Cizmarilor), The Butchers' Tower (Turnul Macelarilor), The Furriers' Tower (Turnul Cojocarilor), The Tinkers' Tower (Turnul Cositorarilor), The Tanners' Tower (Turnul Tabacarilor) and The Blacksmiths' Tower (Turnul Fierarilor). The ninth tower still standing is the Clock Tower itself.

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    Castle

    by johnsakura Updated Jun 13, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The houses, streets and market place inside the Castle bear the typical traces of a craftsmen's town. However, there are some houses which belonged to the rich patriciate, like the House with Antlers, the Venetian House (the Mayor's residence) and the Vlad Dracul House. The two churchers-the Church on trop of the Hill (14th century) and the Monastery Church (15th century) were both builit in the Gothic style, to which barowue elements were added later. Local craftsmen, painters and sculptors as well as famous Local craftsmen, painters and sculptors as well as famous one ones coming from Konisberg, Salzburg, Boemia and Tirol have used their skill in building these churches. The school, also built on top of the Castle Hill, was first documented in 1522, but is most likely older. Two centuries later the convered stairway with 176 stepts was made. The fact that good education was given here is proved by the 95 students from Sighisoara reading at the Universities of Vienna and Cracovia between 1402 and 1520.
    Parts of the defensive towers can still be seen. The wall and the towers were raised, repaired and defended by the craftsmen's gulds and still bear their names, like the Transmithes, Goldsmithes, Locksmithes, Tinners, Tanners, Ropers, Butchers. The most oustanding among there towers is certainly the past and became a symbol of the town's autonomy, a privilege few towns of these times could claim. Council was held here up to 1556 and it sheltered the town's history troughout the ages. Most interesting are a surgery and a chemist's from the 17th century, the furniture of Maria Terezia's time and medieval weapons. Visitors also take much interest in the ancient alockwork as well as the figurines showing the days of the week.

    Fondest memory: You should try to climb the the castle walls instead of going the normal touristic way. Go up the bushes near the castle walls and try to find a path that goes inside the castle. Adventurous and fun. The view it's fantastic and really worth it. No dangerous at all.

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    German cemetery

    by frockland Written Sep 10, 2002

    Favorite thing: When you managed to walk up the 172 steps of the covered stairways you will reach the Gothic Church On The Hill. On it´s backside there is an old German Cemetery. It´s a quiet place where you can take a rest if you feel like going away from the crowds.

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    Go on top of the hill.

    by Petruta Written Aug 15, 2011
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    Favorite thing: You'll find there a highschool, an old, historical church, a cemetery and a beautiful view over the city.

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