With the ringing of bells which creates within me an anticipation of Mass, I took a morning walk to enjoy the city.
The city still maintains some of its medieval fortifications and towers. This tower was the gift of the carpenters’ guild.
This is the interior of the Catholic church. Mass was mostly in German with a little Romanian and some Latin so I felt much at home.
This medieval church is a great example of late Gothic however at the time of the Reformation it became a Lutheran church.
Interior of the Lutheran church
To conclude the morning, after Mass I walked over to the Orthodox cathedral and arrived at the end of Mass when every comes forward to be anointed, which releases a sweet fragrance in the air.
Sunday morning in Sibiu was truly dedicated to worship and rest. After all it is the Day of the Lord.
The Sunday afternoon’s journey was to Biertan which was one of the first settlements of Germans from Saxony. They were invited by the king of Hungary in 1224 to settle here.
This is the covered staircase to the fortress church.
The fortress church is an imposing late gothic church from 1490.
The altar reredos is from its catholic period but when Saxony embraced the protestant movement the catholic church in Transylvania became lutheran.
And the intricate and complicated lock system of 19 locks! Quite a homage to German engineering.
Notice the beautiful marquetry on the door to the sacristy.
The pulpit is from the 1500.
In the late afternoon arrived in Sighisoara where Germans settled by the invitation of the king of Hungary in the 12th century in order to defend the frontier.
And in this house Vlad the Impaler who was later fictionalized as Dracula was born.
The clock tower is from the 13th century and is 64 meters high.
It is a medieval fortified city.
Although today this is a Lutheran church it was originally a Dominican cloister until the time of the Protestant movement.
The original church was Romanesque from the 13th century dedicated to Saint Nicholas; however in the late 14th century it was renovated into a Gothic hall church. When the Protestants took it over they whitewashed the frescoes; however they are being uncovered in the restoration.
This is the gate of the carpenters’ guild.
This is the covered stairway to the church at the top of the hill.
The city ranks among the most beautiful and well preserved citadels in Europe.
There is no exaggeration that this authentic medieval city has a charm.