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Sighisoara Attractions

Sighisoara Citadel

Sighisoara Citadel is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved attractions of its kind, in Europe. Of the original fourteen towers and five artillery bastions, nine towers and two bastions have survived the test of time.

The nine towers of "old" Sighisoara, which can still be admired by visitors, today, are: the Blacksmiths' Tower (Turnul Fierarilor), Butchers' Tower (Turnul Macelarilor), Cobblers' Tower (Turnul Cizmarilor), Furriers' Tower (Turnul Cojocarilor), Ropemakers' Tower (Turnul Franghierilor), Tailors' Tower (Turnul Croitorilor), Tanners' Tower (Turnul Tabacarilor) and Tinsmiths' Tower (Turnul Cositorilor), which still shows traces of its siege in 1704, including the Clock Tower.

Clock Tower

This intricate two-plate clock has been working continuously since the Middle Ages.

It is Sighisoara's main point of attraction. Since 1899, it has housed the History Museum, where visitors can learn more about the city's rich history. From the top of the tower, by looking down, one can admire the red-tiled roofs of the Old Town and see intact 16th century Saxon houses lining the narrow cobblestone streets.

Even though, time has passed, today, merchants and craftsmen still go about their business, as they did centuries ago.

The Church of the Dominican Monastery (Biserica Manastirii Dominicane)

The monastery can be found not far from the Clock Tower.

It is built in a late-gothic architetural style, typical of hall-churches, with two naves and two rows of pillars, and has been restored several times, throughout its existence, including in the 15th century and then again in the 16th century after the big fire of 1676, the last repairs being made in 1894 and 1929, when the church acquired its present-day look.

Inside the church, visitors will have the chance to admire a collection of 16th and 17th century Oriental carpets, a baroque organ, a fine altarpiece from 1680, and not only.

Less said, The Church of the Dominican Monastery is a real fest for the eyes.

Vlad Dracul's House

Close-by the Clock Tower, at 5 Cositorarilor Street, there is an old building, believed to be where Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous Dracula, was born in 1431 and lived with his father, Vlad Dracul, until 1435 when they moved to Targoviste.

A wrought-iron dragon hangs above the entrance, welcoming visitors, and, the ground floor of the house serves as a restaurant, while the first floor is home to the Museum of Weapons.

Historic Churches

Sighisoara is not all about Dracula and citadel towers. It also has a religious side, being home to several beautiful historic churches, definitely worth-visiting, when sightseeing in the city.

Among these churches, there is the small 15th century gothic Lepers' Church (Biserica Leprosilor), at 34 Stefan cel Mare Street, and the Orthodox Cathedral (Catedrala Ortodoxa), built in Byzantine style between 1934 and 1937 and beautifully painted in black and white, situated on the northern shore of Tarnava Mare.

St. Joseph Roman-Catholic Church (Biserica Romano-Catolica Sf. Iosif), built in an eclectic style in 1894, standing on Zidul Cetatii Street, is also among the historical chuches worth-visiting, when in Sighisoara, as so it is the Orthodox Church from Cornesti (Biserica Ortodoxa din Cornesti), the first Romanian Orthodox church made of stone in the region, dating since the late-1700s.

Besides the attractions, found within Sighisoara, day trips to nearby Targu Mures, Medias, Sibiu, or Brasov are always a delight for visitors, as well.