Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sighişoara - Romania

Sighişoara is a romanian city in the historic region of Transylvania. The historic centre of the city is an Unesco World Heritage since 1999 and this card, sent by Daniela, shows the Clock Tower.

This city was the birthplace of Vlad III the Impaler, believed to have inspired the association of his name to that of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's's 1897 novel "Dracula".

"Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighişoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries.
Sighisoara is an outstanding testimony to the culture of the Transylvanian Saxons, a culture that is coming to a close after 850 years and will continue to exist only through its architectural and urban monuments. Sighisoara is an outstanding example of a small fortified city in the border region between the Latin-oriented culture of central Europe and the Byzantine-Orthodox culture of south-eastern Europe. The apparently unstoppable process of emigration by the Saxons, the social stratum which had formed and upheld the cultural traditions of the region, threatens the survival of their architectural heritage as well." - in:

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