Clock Tower in Sighisoara

Sighisoara is one of the 7 fortified Saxon cities in Transylvania, known as Siebenburgen. Nevertheless the town as it is known today was founded by German colonists.The chronicler Krauss lists a Saxon settlement in Sighisoara by 1191. Landmark of Sighisoara, the Clock Tower is the most impressive and picturesque if it's towers. Its role was to be the main gate into the citadel and to house the town's council. It was built in the second half of the 14th century and expanded to 64m height in the 16th century. After a big fire in 1676 (when the town's gunpowder deposits exploded) the roof of the tower was restored to the present Baroque shape, and in 1894 the colorful tiles were added. In 1604 the tower was equipped with a wooden horologe which was remade in 1648 by Johann Kirschel.

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