Clock Tower, Sighisoara

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Climb to the wooden balcony at the top of Clock Tower for panoramic views of the town. On your way up, peek into the mechanism of the clock, which rotates the painted wooden figurines of pagan gods personifying the days of the week. The tower was built as part of the city's defense system in the 14th century and used to control the main gate of the citadel. The four corner turrets symbolize the town's judicial autonomy. The roof of the tower gained its present Baroque form after a fire in 1676. The tower, which once stored the city's treasures, today houses its history museum. Plan your Clock Tower visit and explore what else you can see and do in Sighisoara using our Sighisoara planner .
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  • Beautiful tower with its height of over 60 meters dominates the town, dates back to 1200, has thick walls and a beautiful multicolored tiled roof. Original clock which is half of the 1600 colored wooden figurines that marks the passing of tempo...in a town where time has stood still.
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  • The clock tower gives you the best view of the city. inside the tower are tablets with historical information about ghe city and about the Transylvania region.  more »
  • The Clock Tower in Sighisoara is an attractive building from the outside. There is an interesting little museum housed inside. This contains an eclectic mix of old pots and arrowheads and various othe...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved it. It's interesting and educational. We didn't have a guide. Maybe it would be even better to have one showing us around.
  • In every fortification system there is one fortress that dominates the others: the master-tower. The Clock Tower of Sighișoara (Romanian: Turnul cu Ceas) is the main entry point to the citadel, opposite guarded by Taylor's Tower. With its 64 meters of height, the tower is visible from almost every corner of the city from Mures County, its purpose was to defend the main gate of the citadel and also served as the town hall until 1556. Now It's considered one of the most expressive clock tower in the whole Transylvania. The tower began to be built at the end of 13th century, It was built in the 14th century as a simple gate tower with a maximum of two levels: the ground floor and first two floors of the tower were made of sandstone and river rock, the first stage of the tower construction probably had a form identical to the Tailors tower. The thickness of the base walls were 2.35 meters, 1.30 meters on the second floor, stone tiles of basalt were used only at the corners. In the 16th century the old roof was demolished, they have added two floors built of brick and it was built a balcony and the roof. Nobody knows for sure how the roof was before the 1676 fire. The actual 5 turrets baroque roof with bulbs represents an exceptional achievement of the three Pilgrim masters: Veit Gruber from Tyrol, Philip Bong of Salzburg and carpenter Valentinus Auslander, who rebuilt the tower after the great fire of 1676 from March to September 1677 for 650 florins. What makes this tower unique in all the country is its clock with puppets inside. It's a symbol of Sighisoara, and, despite all the other towers that were owned and defended by different guilds, the Clock Tower was a public good. It used to host the Public Administration, and, during holidays, the city orchestra; since the end of 19th century though it hosts the History Museum of Sighisoara. Another important feature of this tower is the balcony which is the most important observation point of the city: the wide view allowed to sight eventual fires in time in order to reach promptly one of the nine places in all Sighisoara that could provide water. It was vital to prevent the spread of flames because at that time the city did not dispose of much water; it was necessary in fact to dig for 35m to find a source of water.
  • A must see in sighisoara.. In fact you wouldn't miss it.. It's the first thing you see of the old Town.. The views from the top are amazing and it's a sight that should not be missed.. It also has these iron plates with the distance to each city written on them which is quite an innovative touch.. The history of the place is well defined as well.. A must visit.. The entry fee is around 10 Lei per person..
  • An amazing place to visit when in Sighisoara. The ticket is 15 ron per adult the collections and the clock itself.
  • The monument is fantastic, been there many times, but like everything in Romania, it's not maintained properly...
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