A Walk Back To The Medieval Past Of Sighișoara
Today I'm going to take you back in time, to a medieval tour again. For me it's always a pleasure to walk through several centuries old streets, where every building/house has a tag saying it's a historical monument, protected by the city. That means you see the building in its original form.
In Transylvania, most of the cities have two centers. One is the old historical center, where you see beauties like in this post, the other is the new city center, which most likely was built sometime closer to our days, meaning before 1989. Those are usually very boring, sometimes all looking the same and all have the communist thumbprint.
Today I'm going to show you what lies outside the citadel walls of Sighișoara and worth visiting. There's a parking lot below the citadel, where we left the car and this is the road up to the citadel gate.
This fountain is definitely not from the medieval times but it's next to the parking lot and I loved it. The globe is rotating all the time and looks very cool.
When you embark in a journey like this, surprises are coming one after another. Some are good, some are bad and some are just surprising. Surprising surprises, right? :) Looks t this restaurant. As the architecture and style is concerned, it's fabulous in my opinion. When I looked at the name of the restaurant I was surprised to see "Michelangelo" 😳
There are several ways to get to the citadel, most of them are for pedestrians as in those days the only means of transportation were the animals and carriages.
This is another one.
Even though this is the old, historical city center, there are new buildings as well, which makes it an architectural mix.
My plan was to capture the old, not the new.
Most of the buildings in this part of the city are occupied by businesses, shops and restaurants as it's the tourist zone and I suppose the rest is established accordingly.
I took this photo in the morning, when we arrived, so there were no customers yet. Lucky me as I could take a good photo.
Looking at the restaurants and cafes, I was thinking what the place would looked like centuries ago, when people had no idea pizza exists. I suppose food was not sold on the streets like it is today. There was no street food, no fast food, no restaurants. But there were bakeries, butchers and maybe dairy shops.
Would you fancy a pint of vine here? I would.
Obviously there's no fair or festival without lángos (Hungarian name), or langoși (plural in Romanian). Of what I've seen this year, this was the most expensive. 18 lei for a lángos, whatever it is with, it's a lot. This was another ripoff. Please note those lovely hand painted, wooden chairs.
I was wondering what it would feel like to live in such a house today. I love it!
The number of souvenir shops is just unbelievable. If you're a fan of what they are offering, you'll not have any problems choosing the right gift for your loved ones.
Souvenir shop interiors are just as impressive as the exterior, the medieval, brick look is present almost everywhere.
This Art Nouveau building attracts your eye, no matter how far you are from it. Nobles were the ones owning it at first, no doubt about it. Then communists nationalized it. After 1989 there was a possibility to reclaim ownership, but in this case I don't know who owns it. Now there's a fancy restaurant or cafe on the ground floor.
This big cup is at the entrance and I bet every tourist wants to take a photo there.
These buildings that are standing along the road of the main street are the same Art Nouveau style you find in most Transylvanian cities.
Look at that balcony! I stood there for 5 minutes and admired this little beauty.
I hope you liked this little tour. I'm sure there are other wonderful buildings that would worth taking photos of, but the time we had was short, so this is what I could capture.
Stay tuned, next there will be a post about the medieval festival.