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Monasteries of Bukovina Romania

Bukovina is a historical region in Central Europe. The northern half belongs to Ukraine and the southern half belongs to Romania. Here are the Moldavian monasteries, which the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Bukovina was a part of the historical principality of Moldova, from 1775 to 1918, the area with its multiethnic population belonged to the Habsburg monarchy. In the north-west lies East Galicia, in the south-west of Transylvania.

Mural painting churches in northern Moldavia

Arbore Monastery : Arbore is a commune located in Suceava County. It is composed of three villages, Arbore, Bodnăreni and Clit. The commune has a population of 6,719 in the 2011 census.

Scenery of Arbore village

The main industry of the village is animal husbandry and dairy farming. The village is located 35 km west of Suceava, it takes about 40 minutes by car.

Arrived at the church of Arbore

Church of Arbore was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The church was the first painted church to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the Churches of Moldavia.

The painted church of Arbore

Mural painting of the outer wall of the church

Mural painting of the inner wall of the church.

The monastery and the commune are named after the boyar Luca Arbore who built the church in 1503. (Boyar is a ruling class that existed in medieval Russia and Slavic countries.)

Churchyard of Arbore Monastery

Left the village of Arbore I am going to the next monastery in a village of Sucevita. On the way to Sucevita village, I decided to drop in a village of Marginea which is famous for ceramics.

Going into the Marginea village.

Village center of Marginea

Marginea is located in a picturesque area in Suceava County, 20 kilometers northwest from Arbore, along Sucevita Creek. It has a population of 8,552 inhabitants (2011 census).

The studio of the Black Ceramics of Marginea.

The black pottery produced at the Marginea is known internationally, mainly due to its black color obtained following an ancient burning technique. Marginea became a pottery center in the 16th century. The ceramic was mainly crafted for food storage or other purposes. 

Potter’s studio of Marginea : They mold the clay in a few minutes. I enjoyed seeing their works,and they are proud of thier working.

Marginea had about 60 families of potters and now there are only two to three families left. Only elders still know how to spin the wheel and burn the clay vessels in the furnace, just as their ancestors. During the communist era, owning a pottery wheel was considered a crime and many craftsmen had to give up or do it secretly.

Shop of the potter’s studio. Lovely pottery for easter egg.

Marginea is the only place in the world where the black color is obtained without adding anything to the clay paste.

After the Black Ceramics of Marginea, I am going to the neighboring village of Sucevița (Sucevita).

Sucevita Monastery : Sucevita (Sucevița) is a small settlement, located in the valley of Sucevita valley in northern Moldavia, lies on the Rout 17A. It has a population of 2762 ( 2011 ). Sucevita Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox convent, situated near the Suceviţa River, in the village Sucevița. It was built in Byzantine and Gothic in 1585 by Moldavian rulers.

Scenery of Sucevita Bukovina

Sucevita Monastery is located in the southern part of the historical region of Bukovina (northwestern Moldavia).

Arrived at the Sucevita Monastery Bukovina.

Bird’s eye view of the whole monastery of Sucevita.

Sucevita Monastery Bukovina, with the famous frescoes “angel ladder”

“Ladder of Angels”

St. George Church of Sucevita Monastery; good shaped painted church.

Both interior and exterior walls are covered by mural paintings, which are of great artistic value and depict biblical episodes from the Old and New Testament.

The interior court of the monastic ensemble is almost square (100 by 104 meters) and is surrounded by high (6 m), wide (3 m) walls.

In 2010, the Sucevita Monastery has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites, as one of the Painted churches of Moldavia.

Moldovita Monastery : Vatra Moldoviței is a commune located in the west-central part of Suceava County. (Vatra in Romanian means fireplace in English.) It lies on the banks of Moldovița River, and is composed of three villages: Ciumârna, Paltinu and Vatra Moldoviței. The latter village is the site of Moldovita Monastery. The first official record referring to the Vatra Moldoviței area dates to the time of Alexander the Good, who founded the Moldovița Monastery in 1402.

Moldovița River and Alexander the Good (Alexander I of Moldavia) was a Voivode of Moldavia, reigning between 1400 and 1432.

Going into the village of Vatra Moldoviței.

The village has a population of 4,099 inhabitants in 2011 census, and the economy is based mainly on the woodworking product and animal husbandry.

Arrived at Moldovita Monastery

Bird’s eye view of the whole monastery of Vatra Moldovita.

The Annunciation Church of Moldovita Monastery

Mural painting of the outer wall of the church.

Cute choir children : It was Sunday. I took pictures with the children of the choir. I wish for the happiness of these children forever.

Church of Moldovita Monastery, One of them is the Bishop of Rumanian Orthodox Church, This house is cells for nuns. The monastery is also surrounded by walls.

Humor Monastery : The village of Humor Monastery is  a commune in Suceava County, Bucovina. It is situated on the bank of Humor River. It took about 40 minutes (35 km) from Moldovita Monastery to the village of Humor Monastery. The main industries of the village are agriculture and livestock raising, the number of souvenir shops for tourists has increased recently. The village has a population 2.108 inhabitants (in 2011 survey). The locals are hard workers and kind for travelers. 

Scenery of the village of Moldovita Monastery.

The gate and fence of Humor Monastery .

Constructed in 1530, Humor Monastery is for nuns, dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. The Humor monastery was closed in 1786 and was not reopened until 1990.

Humor Monastery Map

Watch tower, the oversized cross is a historic grave, this house is a well with wheel to pull up water bucket and the church of Humor Monastery.

The church of Humor Monastery is the Dormition of the Mother of God Church (celebration in the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary’s being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended).

The church of Humor Monastery.

The church has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites, as one of the Painted churches of Moldavia.

Frescos of saints on the east side walls.

Frescos on the western porch wall “The Final Judgment”

Finally I took pictures of the church and left the monastery.

There is a new convent next to the old monastery. It has a beautiful shap.

Voronet Monastery : Voronet is a really small village in Romania, located in the northern part of Moldova, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. It takes 20 or 30 minutes from Humor Monastery to Voronet Monastery by car, it is approximately 10 km.

Crossed the Moldova River, I am going into the village center of Voronet.

The village of Voronet has a population of 682 inhabitants. They are making a living through stock raising, producing some fruit and vegetables. As they are religious, kind for travelers.

Arrived in front of Voronet Monastery, I am walking down a path in the church yard to the monastery. Entrance gate of Voronet Monastery, let’s get into the monastery.

Overhead view of the Voronet Monastery.

The Monastery Voronet is a medieval monastery for wemen in the Romanian, village of Voronet. The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the victory at at Battle of Vaslui. (Battle of Vaslui was fought in 1475, between Moldavia and the Ottoman.)

St. George Church of Voronet Monastery

The Ma few kilometers south of Gura HumoruluOften known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, the frescoes of St. George Church at Voronet  feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as “Voronet blue.”

Brilliant “Voronet blue,” the southern wall of the church

Frescos on the southern wall, “Tree of Jesse (Eshai)”

Famous frescos “Last Judgment” on the western wall.

I roamed a little around the St. George church, then I left the monastery.

Gateway of Voronet Monastery

After this, I am going to return to the hotel in Suceava, and will leave the city for the next destination tomorrow.

Suceava, Romania

Booked Hotel Bucovina Suceava, Romania

Suceava is the largest city in the historical region of Bukovina, north-eastern Romania.

The city was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia (1388 – 1565). Between 1775 and 1918, it was the city of the Duchy of Bukovina, a constituent land of the Austrian Empire, later in Austria–Hungary.

After 1918, Bukovina and Suceava became part of the Kingdom of Romania. Nowadays, it is a significant economic centre of the Romanian.

Suceava Town Map

The city covers two types of geographical areas, the hilly areas and the meadows of the Suceava River valley. It has a population of 92,121 inhabitants (2011 census).

Burdujeni Train Station, Palace of Justice, Administrative Palace and Bukovina History Museum of Suceava

Burdujeni Train Station, also known Suceava railway station was built between from1892 to1902. The place was originally part of Burdujeni village (now a suburb of Suceava). The historic building of the railway station has baroque influences.

Palace of Justice was built in the same period as the railway station. It is one of the oldest buildings in Suceava.

Administrative Palace (baroque style building) was built between from1903 to1904 in the city of Suceava to serve as the County Council.

Bukovina History Museum was built between 1902-1903 and presents the local history of Suceava and Moldavia in the context of Romanian national history.

I would like to go to the Fortress of Suceava. So I heard the way to  the Fortress at the hotel reception. And I started. They said that it will take 20 or 30 minutes on foot.

Walking through the central park.

Little Catholic Church in the Central Park.

Passing through in front of the Nativity of St John the Baptist Church.

Passed by the church and eventually I was walking into a narrow path in a forest.

Getting into the path in the forest. Equestrian statue of Stephen the Great appears. Strangely an Easter egg also appears. The gate of the Bucovina Village Museum.

Stephen the Great (Stephen III) was known as voivode (title, used in medieval and early modern period of Slav) of Moldavia from 1457 to 1504. He won the Battle of Vaslui.

Going past in front of the gate of the Bucovina Village Museum and you will soon arrive at the Fortress of Suceava.

Arrived at the Fortress of Suceava.

The fortress was built during the reign of Petru II of Moldavia (1375-1391), and then expanded and strengthened during the reign of Alexander I of Moldavia (1400-1432) and Stephen the Great (1457-1504).

Really solid fortress

The wooden bridge over the deep moat to main gate

The medieval castle was part of the fortification system built in Moldavia in the late 14th century, because of the emergence of the Ottoman danger.

Inside of the Ruins of Suceava Fortress

Leaving the Suceava Fortress, it was very interesting and pleasant.

The Suceava Fortress was very interesting and pleasant for me. I’d like to stay longer in the fortress, but the guide is looking at the watch, like face of devil.

After this, he will take me to the famous monasteries of World Heritage Sites in Bukobina.

See you!

Ieud&Bogdan Vodâ Maramureș Romania

I am driving Route DJ186 from Bârsana to a small village Ieud in Maramureş. It will take 40 minutes (28 km)

Arrived in the village of Ieud.

Ieud is the village of the commune with the same name in Maramureş County, Transylvania ,Ieud is a commune in Maramureș County in northern Romania. The commune is situated on the banks of the Ieudișor, a tributary of the Iza River. It has a population of 4,318 inhabitants (2011). Romania . It has a population of 4,318 inhabitants (2011).

Village center of Ieud: Going to the famous church, registered as a World Heritage Site.

Climbed up a hill, a churchyard appears first.

Built in 1364, the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God is the oldest of eight Wooden Churches of Maramureş that are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Arrived at the church of “The Birth of Mother of God” Ieud Maramureş.

The walls of the wooden church are made by oak board and the roofs are covered with a roof tile of fir tree.

The Birth of Mother of God Ieud

At the church, there was no concierge who has the key of the church, I could not get inside. So, I show the brochure below.

The Birth of Mother of God Church, Ieud Maramureş

The brochure of the Birth of Mother of God, Ieud.

Leaving the wooden church of Ieud, I am going to the neighboring village, Bogdan Vodâ. It takes just 5 minutes by car.

Through a bridge across Iza River to the village center of Bogdan Vodâ.

Soon I arrived at the place called “Parcul Central” (Central Park) on the Route DJ186, Bogdan Vodă. Bogdan Vodă is a commune in Maramureș County, northern Romania, it is situated on the bank of Iza River. It has a poplation of 2,445 inhabitants in 2011. The main industries are agriculture and livestock, often the cattle market is held.

Arrived in front of Biserica Sfântul Nicolae (Saint Nicholas Church).

Wooden Church of Saint Nicholas Bogdan Vodâ

Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the wooden church was built in 1718, on the place of the old one, burned by the Tatars in 1717.

Churchyard and interior of St. Nicholas Bogdan Vodă.

When I left the St. Nicholas Church, there was a modern beautiful church next door.

Very beautiful modern shaped Church of the Lord’s Resurrection, unfortunately I did not have time to enter the church.

Church of the Lord’s Resurrection

Bogdan Vodă is composed of two villages, Bocicoel (Kisbocskó) and Bogdan Vodă. The commune was named after its significant native, Bogdan I, the second founder of Moldavia.

Statue of Bogdan I in the Central Park of Bogdan Vodâ

National hero of Bogdan I, Bogdan the Founder, was the first independent ruler, Voivode of Moldavia in the 1360s.

Traditional private house in the village of Bogdan Vodâ, it’s a nice house!

From now on, I am going to the city of Suceava, today’s accommodation. It is likely to take for a long time.

I am running to east on the Route DN18. A wagon is still working in this area. It is really peaceful.

Eventually, I am running on the rord in the mountains. The mountain to see in the distance is Ukraine.

Arrived at the Prislop Pass Monastery.

Prislop Pass is a mountain pass in northeastern Romania, connecting the historical regions of Maramureş and Bukovina over the Rodna Mountains, in the Eastern Carpathians.

The Prislop Pass is situated at an elevation of 1,416 meters.

The Prislop Pass is very nice scenery. But the guide is looking at the watch so I should get into the car. It takes about three hours to the city of Suceava.

Barsana Maramureş Rumania

On the way to Ieud Maramureş I decided to call at a small village of Bârsana. It’s famous for the old wooden churches. 

Scenery of Maramureş: Going to a city called Bârsana.

Getting into the village of Bârsana and arrived at a souvenir shop in the center.

Bârsana was formed in the Iza valley at the beginning of the 14th century. It is a commune in Maramureș County, Romania. It is composed of two villages, Bârsana and Nănești and has a population of 4,474 inhabitants.

A church spire could be seen in the distance, So I am walking up a narrow mountain path.

 Eventually, an old desolated cemetery appeared. And an old wooden church rises in the center. It is the wooden church of the Mother of God in Bârsana.

Old abandoned tombstones around the church.

Biserica de lemn „Intrarea Maicii Domnului în Biserică” (The Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple)

The church is part of the wooden churches of Maramureș World Heritage Site, and is located in Bârsana Commune, Maramureş County, Romania.

Iconostasis of the church

The church was built in 1720 and it features some of the most representative baroque indoor murals in Maramureş. It has a collection of icons painted on glass and old religious books.

Wall paintings of the church Bârsana.

Going down the mountain path through the church yard.

Left the Church of the Mother of God, I am going to the Orthodox  Monastery (Nunnery) of Bârsana.

The traditional private house gates of Maramureș and a roadside cross.

Their sculptures are splendid, I think that you can understand why there are many wooden churches in this area.

Arrived in front of the Orthodox Convent of Bârsana.

The gate of the Orthodox Convent. “Let’s get into it.”

Bârsana Monastery Plan (post card)

Extensive monastery Garden, very beautiful.

Bell tower (left) and wooden church (right)

Approaching the wooden church. This church is devoted to the Apostles.

Now, let’s get into this wooden church.

Iconostasis of the ground floor chapel, where daily masses are held.

Ceiling paintings of the chapel

The majestic Christ, the twelve apostles (Judah without the halo), the four gospel writers and the three angels (Ruschel, Gabriel, Michael) In the Bible.

Moved to the upper floor : Interior of the wooden church, it is very solemn.

Iconostasis of the church

After this I climbed to the top floor and looked at the whole monastery. It was a very pastoral and peaceful landscape.

Summer Chapel (view from the church) : In the chapel, the mass is done on a fine weather day in summer.

The left house is the residence for monk, the right is for nuns. (Strangely, there was only one monk.)

Left the church, I am walking to the village parking lot through the monastery.

The guest house and the museum of the Monastery, a souvenir shop near the gate of the monastery and Bârsana village.

After this, I will go to a village of Ieud Maramureş. Ieud is also famous for the wooden churchs of the world heritage.

Săpânța, northern Romania

From Cluj-Napoca I arrived at the booked Hotel Carpați in the city of Baia Mare at dusk. The Hotel Carpaţi is a 4 star hotel located on the shore of Săsar River.

Baia Mare Hotel Carpați, Views from the hotel room.

Baia Mare is a municipality along the Săsar River, in northwestern Romania; it is the capital of Maramureș County. The city of Baia Mare has a population of 123,738 at the 2011 census.

The next morning I woke up at 5:30. So I went for a walk with the cameras early in the morning.

The front of the Hotel Carpaţi, Crossing the Culture Bridge over the Săsar River, Walking into the Dacia Park, Maramures County Council.

After early morning walk, had breakfast, I am going to a little village Called Săpânța Maramureș. It will take an hour 30 minutes.

Maramureș is situated on the northeastern Carpathians (the highest peaks exceed 2,600 m) along the upper Tisa River. It is a geographical, historical and ethno-cultural region in northern Romania.

Maramureş Grassland

Scenery of Maramureş

Arrived at the village of Săpânța, I am going into the village center, where has the famous funny churchyard.

Welcoming Gate, Main Street, and Colorful unique houses of the village of Sapânţa

Sapânţa is a village of the commune with the same name in Maramureş County, Transylvania. It has a population of 2,903 inhabitants (2011).

The Merry Cemetery Săpânța is famous for its colorful tombstones with naiveté paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the people who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.

Arrived in front of the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Săpânța.

Here is a famous merry churchyard of Sapânţa Maramureș in the wrold. Let’s get into it.

Ortodoxă Biserica Nașterea Maicii Domnului (Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God)

Walking into the churchyard.

Who did come up with such a tombstone cross?

Each grave has a picture showing its life.

Unique Tomb’s Pictures

(I was an apple farmer, a woodcutter, a veterinarian, a farmer with a flour mill, a musician, a good weaver, a toast with wife after harvest, well, my life has been pleasant.)

The cemetery’s origins are linked with the name of Stan Ioan Pătraş, a local artist who sculpted the first tombstone crosses. In 1935, Pătraș carved the first epitaph and, as of the 1960s, more than 800 of such oak wood crosses came into sight.

Local artest, Stan Ioan Pătraş, tomb

The inscription on his tombstone cross says:

Since I was a little boy                                                                                                        I was known as Stan Ioan Pătraş                                                                                Listen to me, fellows                                                                                                    There are no lies in what I am going to say

All along my life                                                                                                                  I meant no harm to anyone                                                                                            But did good as much as I could                                                                                      To anyone who asked

Oh, my poor World                                                                                        Because It was hard living in it

Funny epitaphs:

…Now I will tell you a good one                                                                                          I kind of liked the plum ţuica                                                                                         With my friends at the pub                                                                                                  I used to forget what I came for

I thought that he was a happy life, and want to bless him. So I decied to go to his house. Former Stan Ioan Pătraş’s workshop is now a small museum. The guide is looking at the watch.

Walk for about 5 minutes, you can reach the CASA Sãpânțanã, former Stan Ioan Pătraş’s workshop.

Inside of the museum of CASA Sãpânţanã

Ioan Pătraş’ bedroom, workplace, restored work. And the photograph of him and the family. Ioan Pătraş seems to have loved this job.

Souvenir shops Săpânța: After the museum of CASA Sãpânţanã I bought souvenirs here.

When I went out of the souvenir shop, a carriage with two horses passerby.

They are very good horses. I got on horses in Hungary and Switzerland, so I can understand horses well.

Oh, I have to go to the next village of Ieud Maramureş.

Cluj-Napoca Romania

Arrived at Cluj-Napoca, I am going into the city center.

Cluj-Napoca Town Map

Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is the second most populous city in Rumania, after the national capital Bucharest, and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. It has a population of 324,576 inhabitances in the city.

Arrived at the car park 0f Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca

Union Square (Piața Unirii), Cluj-Napoca

Piața Unirii (Union Square) is the largest and most important squares in the city of Cluj-Napoca. The square is one of the largest in Romania, with dimensions of 220 m by 160 m. The central district of the city spreads out from this square.

St. Michael’s Church on Union Square

Belfry of St. Michael’s Church, Cluj-Napoca

The St. Michael’s Church, Cluj-Napoca with the highest church tower in Romania (80m), is the second largest Gothic-style church, after the Black Church of Brașov. The church was constructed in two phases. The first from 1316 to 1390 and the second from 1410 to 1487.

Interior of St. Michael’s Church, Gothic solemn atmosphere

The central altarpiece is Virgin with Child. The side altar is Christ on the cross.

Stunning stained glass of St. Michael’s Church Cluj-Napoca

King Matthias statue in the center of Union Square

The King Matthias Monument is the most famous work of János Fadrusz, its culmination and crowning. The monument still dominates the main square of Cluj-Napoca, where the Hungarian hero has become a symbol of the lost city.

After the Union square, I am walking through the Iuliu Maniu Street to the.Avram Iancu Square.

Iuliu Maniu Street Cluj-Napoca

The Orthodox Cathedral on Avram Iancu Square comes into view.

Arrived in the Avram Iancu Square Cluj-Napoca

Avram Iancu Square is a central plaza in city of Cluj-Napoca. Its most prominent buildings are the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral, the Wagner Gyula’s eclectic Palace of Justice, the Lucian Blaga National Theatre and the headquarters of the County Prefecture.

In the center of Avram Iancu Square is the Statue of Avram Iancu.

Avram Iancu (1824 – 1872) was a Transylvanian Romanian lawyer who played an important role in the local chapter of the Austrian Empire Revolutions of 1848–1849.

The National Theater is on the south of Avram Iancu Square.

The Lucian Blaga National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca is one of the most prestigious theatrical institutions in Romania. It was built between 1904 and 1906.

Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral, Cluj-Napoca

The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is the most famous Romanian Orthodox church of Cluj-Napoca. The cathedral was built between 1923 and 1933, after the Union of Transylvania with the Romanian Old Kingdom.

Being tired out by hard scheduled, I took a rest for a while in front of the Cathedral.  After the tour of Cluj-Napoca I left this beautiful town for the city of Baia Mare, Maramureş.

Sighișoara Transylvania

Plum Țuică from Rumania

I arrived at the booked hotel in Sighişoara at 7:20 pm. I used a shower immediately and had dinner in the hotel restaurant.  After that, I enjoyed Romanian local liquor, Țuică, in the room. I love Țuică but it is impossible to get it in Tokyo.

Țuică is a traditional Romanian spirit that contains 24~65% alcohol by volume (usually 40–55%), prepared only from plums. Other spirits that are produced from other fruit or from a cereal grain are called “rachiu” or “rachie”.

Traditionally, țuică is prepared from early October until early December (after winemaking is complete). The process must generally be finished before Christmas, so as not to leave unfinished business for the next year. The plums must be left for fermentation for 6–8 weeks, in large barrels.

Hotel Europa Sighișoara, the hotel is located in the countryside area, 7 km from Sighişoara city.

I went for a walk around the hotel early in the morning.

Sighișoara is a city on the Târnava Mare River in Mureș County. It is located in the historic region of Transylvania. German craftsmen and merchants, the Transylvanian Saxons, were invited here by the King of Hungary during the 12th century, to settle and defend the frontier. 

After breakfast, cross the river of Târnava Mare to the old town of Sighișoara.

Arrived in the old town of Sighişoara I got the town map at the Tourist Information Office first. Sighișoara has a population of 28,102 according to the 2011 census.

Here’s the old town map of Sighișoara.

Fantastic medieval town Sighişoara

Central Sighisoara has preserved in an exemplary way the features of a small medieval fortified city and it has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Sighișoara City Hall

Sighisoara is a popular tourist destination due to its well-preserved walled old town.

Clock Tower (Turnul cu Ceas)

The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64 meter high tower built in 1556. It is presently a Museum of History. Walked up the tower I took pictures of the surroundings.

One of these pictures from the Clock Tower, St. Nicholas Church on the School Hill, Sighisoara.

Casa Vlad Dracula by the Clock Tower

Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476), was the Prince of Wallachia, and he became the ruler of Wallachia in 1436. He is a hero who fought to protect his country from the Ottoman Empire. He was born and raised in this mansion.This house is now a restaurant.

I’m walking to the St. Nicholas Church on the hill from the Museum Square.

Strada Școlii (School Street) There is a wooden staircase to the St. Nicholas Church.

Wooden Staircase to the high school and St. Nicholas Church on Fortress Hill

The Covered Wooden Stairway is situated at the end of School Street. The stair was built in 1642. It has 175 steps.

Left the covered stairway, Joseph Haltrich Theoretical High School appears. It was built in 1619.

Old town of Sighișoara, view from Fortress Hill

Next to the high school is St. Nicholas Church.

This Evangelical church, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, is the most valuable architectonical monument of the citadel and beautiful Gothic church in the town of Sighișoara.

St. Nicholas Basilica on Fortress Hill

The construction of the church started in 1345, under patonage St. Nicholas and ended in 1525, 180 years later.

Interior of St. Nicholas Church

Beautiful altarpiece of St. Nicholas

After the St. Nicholas Church, I found the remains of old walls that surrounded this old town.

The remains of old walls surrounding the fortress hill.

There is a tower called “Rope Makers’ Tower” near the old walls.

The Rope Makers’ Tower is today the home of the guardian of the Evangelic cemetery on the hill.

The Churchyard of Saint Nicholas

On the way going down the Fortress Hill, high school students’ outdoor classes, they were learning the history of the town.

Visit a private house

A local took me to his home veranda that has a very good outlook over the old town. His father’s wagon, he got on this wagon with his father when he was a child. After this, I roamed around the old town aimlessly.

Scării Street. Reputable café Casa Cositorarului. Tinkers’ Tower. Around the Tinkers’ Tower.

Tinkers’ Tower has an excellent defense position. The building that went through many battles, in front of the tower is the best preserved bastion.

Fortress Square. Mănăstirii Street. St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Shoemakers’ Tower

The Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church is placed in the north-eastern side of the citadel of Sighișoara. It was built between 1894-1896, after the demolition of the franciscan nuns monastery. Situated in the North-Eastern part of the city, Shoemakers’ Tower is mentioned in 1521, rebuilt in 1650, and modified in 1681. It bears the influence of the baroque architecture. The tower, in front of which was an artillery bastion, demolished in 1846, houses today the local radio station “Radioson”.

It is now time to leave this town.

I got some souvenir that will be memorable.

Leaving the old town of Sighișoara for the next destination Cluj-Napoca.