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The real birthplace of Vlad the Impaler in Sighisoara, Romania.

Sighisoara

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Sighisoara was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula. Sighisoara is a small town in south central Transylvania. A former Roman town, it was settled by Germans in 1150 C.E. Burned down by the Tartars in 1241, it emerged in the fifteenth century as one of the strongest fortified centers of Hungarian rule. In 1430, Vlad Dracul was sent there as commander of the guard and Vlad the Impaler was born (probably in 1430 or 1431) in the home in which Vlad Dracul resided. The family lived in the house until 1436, when Vlad Dracul became the prince of Wallachia and moved to Tirgoviste. That home survived the vicissitudes of time, and in 1976 it was designated a part of the Romanian national heritage. The restoration that followed uncovered frescoes decorating the walls—one of which is believed to picture Dracula.

Sources:

Mackenzie, Andrew. Dracula Country. London: Arthur Barker, 1977. 176 pp.

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Sighişoara

 

a city in central Rumania; located on the Tîr-nava Mare River in Mureş, District. Population, 30,900 (1974). Local industries produce textiles and clothing (approximately 50 percent of the city’s total industrial production), glass and porcelain (20 percent), food (17 percent), and machinery (11 percent). The city also has enterprises for the production of construction materials and wood products. Printing is also important. Sighişoara has been mentioned in documents since 1280. Architectural monuments include stone fortifications (13th-14th centuries) with gates and towers, including the Tower of the Clock (64 m high, 14th-17th centuries), the Gothic Monastary Church (13th—19th centuries), and the Church on the Hill (14th-15th centuries). There are also houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Location Off the main road that connects Brasov and Sighisoara (Bucharest is two hours away), Crit, a town of 500, is surrounded by sloping green pastures and dense forest.
Tour of Bucharest with entrance to the Palace of Parliament; excursion to Sighisoara and Prince Charles' Viscri; tours of Bran and Peles castles and Pelisor Palace; excursion to the fortified churches of Harman and Prejmer ?
Other places that are a must see are the Transylvanian cities of Brasov, Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Alba Iulia.
Chris and Caroline Barrow (pictured inset), who run the Flying Ferret pub in Shelley, have been on around 40 trips to the Transylvanian city of Sighisoara, helping locals rebuild a school, a hospital and a children's home.
Describing how the "batty" festival plan was hatched on a family trip, Craig, from Rhoose, said: "We drove up to Transylvania and the medieval Sighisoara citadel, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
In the Centre one can identify subregions that concentrate a significant number of urban centers along the major axes forming real morpho hidrographic industrial groups, which now have been facing either the economic restructuring or industrial decline: on the river Mures (Reghin, Targu Mures, Ludus), Tarnava Mare river (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Cristuru Secuiesc, Sighisoara, Dumbraveni, Medias, Copsa Mica), Tarnava Mica river (Sovata, Tarnaveni), at the confluence of Tarnava rivers (Blaj).
9) The Dracula Park project is a controversial government project initiated in 2001 which aimed building a themed amusement park near the Sighisoara medieval town; the project was abandoned due to disputes concerning opportunity and discussions concerning environmental consequences.
After my first two visits I traveled outside of Bucharest to enjoy the medieval towns of Transylvania: Brasov, Sighisoara, and Sibiu.
Stopping only to stretch our legs on the mountainside populated with bears and wolves, we drove on, descending with dusk into Transylvania and the Saxon town of Brasov and then on to the smaller Sighisoara.
The main Carpathian passes and "gates" were protected during the Dacian-Roman period by fortified urban centers (Pop, 2003) such as Apulum, Porolissum, by the Roman castra, Micia, Germisara (Geoagiu, Gherla, Tarnaveni, Sighisoara, Cumidava (Rasnov), Angustia (Bretcu), Orhei-Bistrita, Brancovenesti on Mures, etc.
This is clearly visible in the townships of Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Cluj, Medias, Bistrita, Sebes, Alba Iulia, Lechinta etc.
13) Up to the present time Transylvania bears the print of medieval urbanism, Sighisoara Citadel being an indicative example in this meaning; the Black Church from Brasov and St.