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  • An old fortified Saxon city, Sighisoara is incomparably charming. The higher city, protected on its promontory by fortifications and sixteen towers, with its cobbled streets and beautiful light-coloured houses and flowery balconies, conveys a medieval and romantic atmosphere, which singularly contrasts with the grayness of the lower city. You will walk into the old citadel through a narrow staircase ...
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  • With its romantic and medieval charm, this old Saxon city is one of the jewels of Romania.
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  • The names and services of the colourful shops and houses are displayed on cast iron signs.
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  • Protected by a surrounding wall with sixteen huge towers, it stands overlooking the city and the valley from its promontory.
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  • Built in the 14th century, the city's 64-metre high landmark continues to perfectly reflect the city's desire and effort to demonstrate its grandeur.
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  • The paved streets and the beautiful pastel-coloured houses with their flower-covered balconies take visitors on a real journey back in time.
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  • Having stayed out of the forefront during the major period of development in the 19th century, Sighisoara has managed to preserve its historic centre while at the same time maintaining its important administrative and cultural role.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Romania

An old fortified Saxon city, Sighisoara is incomparably charming. The higher city, protected on its promontory by fortifications and sixteen towers, with its cobbled streets and beautiful light-coloured houses and flowery balconies, conveys a medieval and romantic atmosphere, which singularly contrasts with the grayness of the lower city. You will walk into the old citadel through a narrow staircase between bastions and redoubts. From under the porch of the Clock tower you can see a magnificent belfry decorated with little steeples and covered in yellow and green glazed tiles. At regular times, the clock's mechanism goes off, making the little painted wood figurines twirl round, and ringing out its pretty chime. A little further away on strada Muzeului, an inn with an ochre facade boasts a plaque indicating that this is the place where Vlad Tepes - or prince Dracula - was born in 1431. As you walk up strada Scolii, a long and wooden staircase allows you to get to the Hill Church (Biserica din Deal), designed in a Gothic style. Roughly twenty miles out of town, do not miss Biertan church, a Unesco site, one of Romania's most beautiful fortified churches.

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Sighisoara: the key figures

Surface area : 92,043 sq mi km2

Population : 22,600,000 inhabitants

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