Harghita

Bistrita-Nasaud

Eastern Transylvania


General Information

Transylvania Proximity

Location:

SibiuSibiu

Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and, in tandem with Luxembourg, it was designated a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007.

Formerly the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Sibiu was ranked as "Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live" by Forbes.
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SighisoaraSighisoara

During the 12th century, German craftsmen and merchants known as the Transylvanian Saxons were invited to Transylvania by the King of Hungary to settle and defend the frontier of his realm. The chronicler Krauss lists a Saxon settlement in present-day Sighisoara by 1191.

By 1337 Sighisoara had become a royal center for the kings, who awarded the settlement urban status in 1367 as the Civitas de Segusvar. The city played an important strategic and commercial role at the edges of Central Europe for several centuries.
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Saxon Fortified ChurchesSaxon Fortified Churches

Saxon and Szekely Transylvanian villages were often organised around a fortified church that offered protection to its inhabitants.

There are more than 150 well preserved fortified churches of a great variety of architectural styles in south-eastern Transylvania, one of the highest numbers of existing fortified churches from the 13th to 16th centuries.
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