Historic Centre of Sighișoara World Heritage Site

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Sighișoara Citadel
Native name
Cetatea Sighișoara
Historic Centre of Sighișoara
The clocktower
LocationSighișoara, Romania
Coordinates46°13′4″N 24°47′32″E / 46.21778°N 24.79222°E / 46.21778; 24.79222Coordinates: 46°13′4″N 24°47′32″E / 46.21778°N 24.79222°E / 46.21778; 24.79222
Built12th Century
Architectural style(s)Gothic
Official nameHistoric Centre of Sighișoara
TypeCultural
Criteriaiii, v
Designated1999 (23rd session)
Reference no.902
CountryRomania
RegionEurope and North America
Linkhttps://whc.unesco.org/en/list/902
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameSighisoara Citadel
Historic Centre of Sighișoara is located in Romania
Historic Centre of Sighișoara
Location of the Sighișoara Citadel in central Romania

The Historic Centre of Sighișoara (Sighișoara Citadel) is the old historic center of the town of Sighișoara (German: Schäßburg, Hungarian: Segesvár), Romania, built in the 12th century by Saxon settlers. It is an inhabited medieval citadel that, in 1999, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 850-year-old testament to the history and culture of the Transylvanian Saxons.

Birthplace of Vlad III the Impaler (in Romanian Vlad Țepeș), Sighișoara hosts, every year, a medieval festival where arts and crafts blend with rock music and stage plays. The city marks the upper boundary of the Land of Sachsen. Like its bigger brothers, Sibiu (Hermannstadt) and Braşov (Kronstadt), Sighișoara exhibits Medieval German architectural and cultural heritage that was preserved even during the Communist period.


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