June 5, 2009

Transylvania and the Cities Within It Part 16 of 17

To those of you who just came welcome, We're down to the last two cities and I hope you've all enjoyed them. Please check out the other cities, they are tagged in my labels as "city series" many of them I don't have much on or about, so please please please help me to fill in the blanks. I have many people reading from Romania and Hungary, fell free to comment as well.

This city is unique in all of the cities that I've come across. Possibly because it is the birthplace of a man who would make Transylvania famous to the Western World. He is also the person who causes the most explanation in my life. Sighişoara (Romanian) Schäßburg (German) Segesvár (Hungarian) or Castrum Sex (Latin) is another city of the Saxons. It is the birthplace of Vlad Tepes (better known to us in North America as Vlad Dracula).

This is one of the few cities, I would say the only city where the medieval citadel is still inhabited. There are two sections to this city one is located on a hill and is the original settlement, that dates back to the 1100s, although the place was known by its Latin name before then. This is one of the Saxon settlements, but it is unique since it was Vlad Tepes Dracul II of Wallachia who gave the Romanian name to the city. He also had coins minted there.

This was the city where a Prince of Transylvania and King of Hungary was elected. George I Rakoczi was elected in 1631 and his father was once a Prince of Transylvania as well.

The city has possibly hundreds of site but one of the most interesting is the citadel. At its top is the Clock tower which stand at 100 feet high and affords a grand view of the area. In the city is a weapon museum and the church on the hill that contain a cemetery with many German people of the city.


Many of the sites are found in the older part of the city but the newer area is beautiful as well with a strong population of Romanians and Hungarians, but not as many Germans. I'm anticipating a wonderful time in this city.

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