Sighişoara – Viscri Fortified Church & Village – Prejmer Fortified Church
Sighisoara was founded in the 12th century by Saxons that settled here at the invitation of Hungarian King Gheza II. At first it was called Castrum Sex and it occupied only the upper plateau of the Citadel’s Hill (Dealul Cetatii).
The impressive defense system that made it the hardest to conquer of all the Transylvanian citadels was built in the 15th century as a result of the settlement’s prosperity. It consisted of 14 towers, each built and defended by a different craft guild. Nine of the original towers still stand and can be admired: The Shoemakers’ Tower, The Furriers’ Tower, The Tailors’ Tower, The Blacksmiths’ Tower etc.
The tallest (64 meters) and most famous of them is the Clock Tower – a symbol of the city and a must-see if you are ever in town. Its position on the eastern side of the fortress was a strategic one during medieval times, as it was close to the entrance, which it also protected. The main attraction of the tower are the Baroque figurines that mark the time of day and the day of the week.
Prejmer Fortified Church founded by the Teutonic Knights between 1211 and 1225 is nowadays an UNESCO World Heritage Monument. It has an unbelivable story but most valuable piece that can be found in the church is the triptych altar dating from year 1450 which is the oldest in Transylvania. This fortified church was never conquered by the enemies, on the fortification walls it has a terrible weapon, a strange firing device called ‘death organ’.
Fortified Church from Viscri was built in 13th century over an old chapel from 12th century. Evangelical romanesque church has a fortified enclosure with defensive way two towers, two bastions. The entire village is exactly in the original shape without is part of the UNESCO world heritage, here we find a very interesting ethnographic museum where we can explore the country life of saxones from Transylvania.
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