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Medieval Arts Festival in Sighisoara
(Romanian: Sighişoara, German: Schässburg, Hungarian: Segesvár)
July 2000
Climbing up to the Clock Tower
Climbing up to the Clock Tower.

Inhabited since the Bronze Age, Sighisoara is visited today for the fortified medieval citadel built by German Saxon merchants and craftsmen who settled here starting in the 12th century. Since 1999, the historic center of Sighisoara -- understood to comprise the hill-perched citadel as well as the Lower Town -- is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Much of the medieval town grew in the 15th and 16th centuries when trade flourished in this "perl of Transylvania." Then, in 1676, much of it was destroyed in a fire. Still, despite the latter setback and the disappearance of the merchant guilds in the 19th century, the town has preserved its medieval character in its urban fabric as well as in the building methods. Sighisoara is the best preserved medieval town in Transylvania and has been compared in feel with Nürnberg in Germany.

For a number of years now (since 1992) Sighisoara has played host to a Medieval Arts Festival each summer. These pictures were taken during the festival days of 2000.

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