SIGHISOARA – A MEDIEVAL FRAME IN PLAIN MODERNITY (SIGHIȘOARA)

Wandering through this city bearing the history of the Middle Ages, you are actually stepping on the narrow streets paved with river stones, climbing steep slopes and passing under the dark vaults and admiring the multicolored cheerful houses that shine under the sun. From the upper plateau, the Fortress wall and the towers create a rather bleak picture, but haughty. These towers used to greet passersby in times of peace and warned the residents to be prepared to resist attempts of conquest during troubled times.

Sighisoara is presented today as the best preserved medieval complex across Romania. Nowadays, we can admire these beautiful monuments and other exhibits kept in the History Museum, but the milepost seems to be the splendid clock tower, which reflects the economic and political life of the inhabitants of ancient times until today.

If your steps take you to the wonderful lands of the citadel, you can consider yourself lucky because you have reached the heart of the country and the “Pearl of Transylvania” and it seems to be the most inspired holiday choice due to the variety of attractions that can be visited.

Each image that displays before your eyes will take you on a fascinating journey into what some call the quintessence of the Romanian nation.

Among the few inhabited Medieval fortress- cities in Europe and only one perfectly preserved in Romania, Sighisoara is a complex of medieval military, civil, ecclesiastical architecture that offers a beautiful and interesting lesson of medieval urban planning.

Overlaid with massive gates and protected by strong towers and walls, the citadel of Sighisoara is now open to the world, offering its inhabitants as well as its visitors a dream-like scenery and a timeless refuge once roamed by knights and princesses.

The churches are essential elements that give a peerless charm of these places, giving you the “excuse” to make a return in time to a world full of mystery.

Situated on the lower shelf of the city, close to the Clock Tower, there rises the monastery, a monument of Gothic architecture, mentioned for the first time in 1928 in the archives of the times and it belonged to the Dominican Order. Of 1550, after the secularization of the monasteries, the Dominicans are forced to leave Sighisoara and the church was taken over by the city council. Since then, it became the Evangelical Church of Sighisoara community.

The church went through several constructive stages: early Gothic phase; Late Gothic-phase; Baroque phase; the final construction phase.

Between the outside and the inside the ecclesiastical building, there are no noticeable stylistic differences. The Gothic facades, blackened by the flow of weather are dominated by a steep roof with tiles, sheltering a Baroque interior.

The exterior is dominated by Gothic elements, very high triangular gable windows ending in pointed arches and a portal with a richly decorated finishing.

The glamorous interior that bears the imprint of Baroque style is absolutely fascinating, exposing some extremely valuable heritage objects. Here is kept a bronze baptismal font, decorated with Biblical and heraldic elements, vegetal motifs being a frontline exemplary of bronze casting in fifteenth century Transylvania.  The church of the Monastery holds a precious collection of 39 Anatolian carpets dating from the seventeenth century that adorn the pillars and railings of the balcony on the north side, a means of decoration used in Lutheran churches, especially as the Reform strictly forbade the display of religious figurative images.

Monastery Church is inaccessible to tourists between May and October, but you can attend the services of the Evangelical community in the city, which take place here every Sunday at 10 a.m.

A U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage, after the restoration efforts, Sighisoara regained its atemporal glory, a city between heaven and earth, between reality and historical legend that makes you easily slide in the past, in the times of the mythical knights and dames.

If you want to become one for a few days, or more, there are plenty of hotels, pensions, inns and locals who offer you accommodation in very comfortable places specifically decorated to preserve the exact fairy-tale atmosphere.

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