A charming medieval town in the heart of Transylvania, Sighisoara was built by German Saxons in the 13th century, and is considered the most beautiful and complete medieval architectural ensemble in Romania. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara’s Old Town is a hill citadel that has preserved much of its 15th century wall, enclosing almost 200 stone houses and public buildings. The town’s 14th century clock tower formerly controlled the main gate of the 2,500-foot defensive wall. Seven different slow-moving figurines carved from linden wood replace each other every midnight all week, and at the top of the spire is a meteorological clock that forecasts the weather.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013