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Saxon Settlements

 


There are many tourist attractions in Sibiu, so diversified, for everybody. During our tours we suggest you great experiences, interesting places, wonderful people and most important…lots of fun!

"Pearls of Transylvania", this is how most of the Saxon localities in South Transylvania are called; they were built hundreds of years ago when the Saxons arrived in these areas.

 

They were always attacked by their enemies, so they had to build around the churches strong fortified walls.

 

Today, all these villages, even though most of the Saxons have left, still preserve their old architectural charm: big houses spread along the main road, large unpaved streets, tall wooden front gates, shady gardens, orchards and vineyards.

 

Time seems eternal here…peaceful villages hidden behind woody hills, modest people, old churches…All of these create the image of a long forgotten Europe.

 

And yet, everything is so real here, so natural…maybe this is what convinces Princes Charles of Great Britain to visit these places yearly!


We suggest you a tour in the Saxon areas, together we shall discover such a wonderful place, amazing tales, we’ll taste delicious dishes and enjoy exceptional experiences!

 

The fortified church in Prejmer
The church from Prejmer is one of the most important tourist attractions in Transylvania; it is a UNESCO heritage monument and it has been awarded 3 stars in the Green Michelin Guide Book.

 

It is said that the church and the citadel that surrounds it have been built by the Teutonic knights somewhere around the XIIIth century. Being always in the way of the intruders, Sigismund de Luxemburg has ordered its fortification in the XVth century. They built thick walls, bastions, iron gates, mobile bridges and a water ditch. During the time, the church gave birth to many legends, tales about the “death organ” or the stone with an iron ring. We shall learn more about these at Prejmer.

 



The fortified church in H?rman
The town and the church have been mentioned in documents in 1240. The story of the church in H?rman resembles the one in Prejmer. The Teutonic knights were the ones that put its basis. The church was reinforced in the XVth century and it was transformed into a real citadel with thick walls, towers and bulwarks. It was invincible in front of the attacks of the enemies…just the pests, the fires and floods were stronger. See you in H?rman to learn why!


The fortified church in Viscri
Who hasn’t heard of the fortified church in Viscri? Its German name Weisskirch talks about a “white church”. The tradition has been kept because the walls of the church are still white. The citadel in Viscri is the oldest fortified church in Transylvania, a UNESCO monument that has been restored by the foundation led by Prince Charles of Great Britain. The story of the Bacon Tower and of the Saxons here but also the reason why Prince Charles has bought a house here will be learned about right here, in Viscri.

The fortress from Râ?nov
You will be certainly impressed by the fortress in Râ?nov…Built in the XVth century, the fortress resisted so well in front of the enemies. Its 5m tall walls and 8 bastions were unbeatable. Inside the fortress the community was so well organized; there was an inner garden, barns for animals, rooms for people, warehouses and a well…there are so many stories about this well…
The walls of the fortress can be seen from a long distance…it is a beautiful citadel that has so many interesting things to share to us!


The Bran Castle
Thousands of tourists visit it every year…It is one of the most famous castles in Europe, the place that is always associated to…Dracula. Is it a myth or the reality? Nobody knows exactly.
History says that this castle has no link with Vlad Tepe? (the Impaler)…The legends say something else; the castle is identical to the one described by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula.
The story of the castle is really compleicted; it is a story about Teutonic knights, Saxons tradesmen, kings and emperors, a story about important names in history: Sigismund of Luxemburg, Mircea cel B?trân, Queen Mary of Romania…and Dracula.


The fortified church in Biertan
One of the best defended churches in Transylvania and a UNESCO monument. These are just a few reasons to visit Biertan. They are not the only ones, nevertheless; you come to Biertan in order to see the old sacristy door with its 17 lockers, the beautiful aisle, the massive walls, the guild flags, the marital prison, the Bacon Tower, the covered stairs…

 

Other churches in Transylvania
•    The UNESCO heritage church in Valea Viilor/Wurmloch
•    The church from M?lâncrav;
•    The former Cistercian Abbey in Câr?a and the story of the Cistercian Monks from the beginning of the XIIIth century who came from France to build an abbey in Transylvania
•    The church from Stej?ri?u with its Bacon Tower and the traditional store;
•    The fortified church in Hosman and the Old Mill;
•    The fortified church in Cisn?die – where you’ll see the first lightening rod in Transylvania;

 

 

•    The citadel in Cisn?dioara: the fortress on the St. Michael Hill, hidden in the woods. Thick stone walls and a former abandoned church...;
•    The fortified church in Richi? and the fascinating stories of Mr. Schass, the only Saxon left in the village!

 

Transylvania-Guide Sibiu

 

 

 
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