The following photos were taken on a monthlong trip through Romania in June 2007.
Photo Gallery 13 - Sighisoara (1)
Sighisoara, with its extensive medieval citadel on a hilltop, is
probably the best-known tourist destination in Transylvania -- not least because
it is also the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, "Vlad the Impaler," the 15th-century
ruler who was formally known as "Draculea," and served as something of a model
for Bram Stoker's vampire of (nearly) the same name. Hence the profusion of Dracula
kitsch on display in the souvenir stores.
Dracula for sale (1)
Dracula for sale (2)
This little statue was quite erotic in its way, or maybe it's just me.
Most of the streets of the citadel were being torn up and
the water-pipes replaced during our visit -- something we saw across
the country, as Romania emerges from decades of communist neglect.
A Sighisoara suburb reflected in a granite tombstone
in the local cemetery.
All photos are copyright 2007 by Adam Jones. No copyright is claimed for educational or other non-profit use if the author is credited and notified. For commercial use, please contact the author. Photos are also available in large-size (3072 x 2304), high-resolution versions suitable for printing and framing.