What makes Sighisoara special? Well, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and that should be enough reason to make this place famous, but there is a more, shall we say, terrifying reason – and that is that this place is where the famous Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), the inspiration behind the character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Yes, this is where the dreaded Dracula was born, in this beautiful town located northwest of Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
Naturally, the first place you would want to visit would be the birthplace of the legendary Dracula. The house is located in the Council Tower Square so it shouldn’t be difficult to find. It’s a three storey house with yellow ochre walls. What to do here? Well, there’s no museum here of the impaler’s dreadful equipments, but there is a restaurant which serve great food which you can enjoy and a bar where you can get lunch and drinks – rare steak and bloody Mary perhaps?
The Clock Tower
The clock tower is one of the most picturesque architectures of Sighisoara and one that shouldn’t be missed. It was built in the 1300s and is more than 60 metres in height. It has a baroque inspired roof with four turrets, which symbolizes that Sighisoara had judicial autonomy and the right to decide capital punishment. The tower was built first as a main gate towards the Citadel and as the house of council. The clock was installed around the 17th century. Presently there is a museum in the tower and climbing up to the highest levels will allow you to see the clocks mechanism, as well as provide a great view of the city.
The Orthodox Cathedral
This cathedral is a thing of beauty. It is simple with its white walls and black roof, but this simplicity and minimalism adds to the appeal of the cathedral. The cathedral by the way is located on the north shore of the Tarnava Mare, and in order to reach it you need to walk across a footbridge – a very nice and relaxing walk. The architecture of the cathedral is of Byzantine era, with a high tower and a dome.
Church on the Hill
This church was built in the 14th century and sure the building doesn’t look much from the outside, with its simple Gothic architecture. However, the inside is truly amazing, with restored frescoes that dates back to the 15th centuries. Inside you’ll find beautiful sculptures and paintings, as well as shrines, most of which are more than five centuries old.
Most of the architectures of Sishisoara are old, which gives the place a worn down and creepy feeling, but in all honesty these effects only add to the medieval beauty of the place. The legend of Dracula and the atmosphere and appeal of the place should definitely put Sighisoara in anyone’s travel bucket list.
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