Published: April 9th 2011February 25th 2011
Sighisoara is a cool place. I spent the early morning avoiding the cold by attending a mass at a very nice Roman Orthodox church. I think that this was the first Roman Orthodox church mass that I sat through from beginning to end and it really was an interesting experience, as well as a toe thawing one.
After that I walked around for a bit and checked out what is a beautifully set city. Sighisoara has only been a part of Romania since the end of World War 1 when it was transferred from the Austro-Hungarian empire. It still has a heavy German influence. The first people to settle there were the Saxons, having been invited by the King of Hungary during the 12th century to settle in Transylvania with the mind of defending his realm. This group of settlers dominated and with the add ons coming from Austria, Germany since, probably still dominate the city's economy, thus their influence is felt right around Sighisoara through German churches, buildings and with pretty much everything been written in both Romanian and German.
Sighisoara is a small medieval fortified city that is still inhabitited and functions as an everyday normal city,
albeit run on tourism nowadays. This and its beauty are probably the reasons it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a great way to pass 6 or 7 hours and I just managed to tick of the boxes in time to catch my next train....
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