The Clock Tower of Sighisoara or the “Tower of Hours”

Discover Transylvania in a beautiful tour travel in Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval towns in Europe. As the most massive tower of all nine that were built to protect Sighisoara Citadel, the Clock Tower represents a historical and architectural monument, erected in the 14th century.

Situated in the southeast part of the Citadel, it protected the city’s main gate. The master-tower is 64 meters high and it can be seen from every part of the town. Its origins are very old, being one of the symbols of the Citadel’s existence in the Romanian land. Over time, it became a representative edifice, where the Council meetings were held.

Initially, the clock was made out of wood so that later it was replaced with one of metal. Also, at that time, the architects wanted the horology to have two dials, facing both plateaus of the city.

Built with the purpose of becoming a strategic point of defense, the tower owned a real armory in its interiors. As well, over time, it was shelter for the city treasury. Later on, the Clock Tower became a historic museum, being discovered by hundreds of tourists every year.

The main points of interest of this monument are highlighting the craft habits of the people in the region of Transylvania, and also collecting these traditions and crafts of the local guilds. If you climb the stairs in the Clock Tower, you can’t help but notice the beauty of the medieval town, as well as the landscape that surrounds the entire citadel, being completely charmed by the view.

The tower was constructed on five levels and placed on a rectangular prism. The roof, destroyed in numerous fires, was rebuilt by Austrian artists in its present baroque style and colorful tiles were added. Fascinating symbol of the city, the clock with figurines, made in rustic baroque style is very famous. The figurines portray the main gods from the Greek and Roman mythology, which give many references to astronomy, astrology or alchemy.

Inside of the tower, the History Museum of the city displays themed rooms of architecture, ceramics, ethnography, furniture or crafting. There is also the Weaponry or the Torture Chamber located in the former hall of the prison.

The old clock dates from the year of 1648, when Johann Kirtschel added the quarter-hours and the figurines that represent the days of the week. On the other hand, the new horologe belongs to the year of 1906 and is of Swiss origin, carrying the name of FUCHS.

In each day that celebrates a holiday the clock resounds on popular melodies recognized in the region announcing every visitor the joy of that day. The tower’s guard has the duty to beat the drum every time an hour passes, to let the locals know that someone is watching and keeping the tower supervised.

Discover Transylvania in the heart of a medieval place where the Clock Tower of Sighisoara remains the living proof of ancient times, symbol of the region for craftsmen, merchants and locals.

 

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