Peasant Citadel
Peasant Citadel
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On the hill above Saschiz is the Peasant Citadel. This was built by the Saxons probably on the site of a former Roman fort which guarded the road between Rupea and Sighisoara. The fortifications consist of six towers linked by a perimeter wall. It can be reached on foot,provides an ideal spot for a picnic and an excellent vantage point commanding fine views of the surrounding area.
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rmitgoteam
Naples, FL1,167 contributions
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Sept 2022
You can see the citadel easily from the church. It is completely covered in scaffolding so we skipped it. The church is very nice with a friendly caretaker on site who will offer to show you around (he speaks English and German).
Written 7 September 2022
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Ingrid
Targu Mures, Romania3 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Friends
After a short walk threw the village I arrived at the peasant citadel. It was raining but the citadel was something else.lovely The view is breathtaking
Written 26 July 2019
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Georgiana S
Bucharest, Romania57 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Couples
Although it is still a ruin (I understand that it will soon be restored), this beautiful citadel can be seen guarding the village of Saschiz even before you entry the village. I visited it in summer, spring and autumn, and my favourite time was in autumn, when there isn't much vegetation, the light is warmer and you can enjoy the details.

HOW TO GET THERE: You can get there by car and then by foot (about 10 minutes through the forest), or by foot (it is a lovely walk and it only takes you 30 minutes from the fortified church). A little hint: if you go by car of by foot, at some point, when you see the citadel close enough at your left and then the road starts to slowly descent going back to the village, you will also see at your left a road (not accessible for cars unless you have an offroad one). At this point a lot of people jsut try to climb the steep hill, looking at the citadel. But you should take this forest road and then, in the forest, turn right. After another 4-5 min, on your right there is a small gap between the trees and there you have it - the citadel, the main entrance (easier than crawling on the hill).

ADITIONAL INFOS: since it is in a ruin state, the citadel has no visiting hours, and no guide. You are able to freely explore and enjoy. Since there is no guide and you probably won't know much about it, here is a breef history of this beautiful gem:
The citadel had 6 towers - at the present time, only 5 of them are in a good condition, and only one wall reminds of the sixth tower. The construction started in the 15th century - the surrounding wall and 3 towers - School Tower, Princely Tower and the Gate's Tower. In the 16th century, another two towers are being added - The Priest Tower and The Ammunition Tower. During the 17th century a little "chapel" was build inside the citadel. The sixth tower and the zwinger (at the entrance you can see a wall which doubles the already existing wall) could not be dated precisely. The deffensive role was lost in time and from the 18th century till the mid 20th century the citadel was used as a celebration place, the saxons gathering here with music, dances and plays.
Written 21 December 2018
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windytravel79
Budapest, Hungary1,332 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Solo
It is well visible from the road, over the village. It is not a castle any more only the ruins of a castle. There are shields from the village, it is not very easy to get there by car, after a while the road is very bad. The last one kilometer can be done only on feet.
The castle itself is interesting, very big but in a very bad shape. High weeds, both in the yard and on the walls. You can watch and climb everything but only for your own risk. If you fall down you have not many chance to get found in a short time.
I suggest to visit because it is interesting but be very careful, both in the grass (you do not see what is in front of you) and on the walls.
Written 27 August 2018
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WillyFredriksen
Tonsberg, Norway124 contributions
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Aug 2017
If you make a stop in Saschiz you should definatley take your time and walk up to see the citadel situated high above the village.First part will be on a dirt road while the last part will be on a quite steep path up to the citadel. When you come up there you will pass thru the old gate and see the citadel from inside. You will have wonderful view on Saschiz and its sourroundings. The citadel has not had any maintenence for the last houndred years and part of it is falling down. The very good thing is that a maintenece project are on the way to preserve this citadel.
Written 23 July 2018
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going_gone_again
San Antonio, TX75 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Family
This 14th century fortress was interesting to explore and to imagine what it was like way back when. It was a beautiful but steep hike up to the citadel on a rough maintained path. It was well worth it just for the views alone. My young grandsons, son, husband, and I enjoyed exploring all around the inside and outside. It is the only citadel we've been to and it was much larger than expected and amazing to realize it was built without any modern machinery.
Written 3 January 2018
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Romanita I
Bucharest, Romania360 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Family
If you are seeking for another renovated citadel, you will be disappointed. It is difficult to climb up there and the ruins are not very telling. Still, the panorama and the forest around are just magic. We could have stayed for hours.
Written 1 October 2017
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Liviu
Galati, Romania111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
we tried to reach the destination by bike. we managed to ride half the distance from saschiz and the next half pushing bikes. the view from the top was great. a nice afternoon workout.
Written 26 July 2017
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CarlosHEL
Parma, Italy156 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
The citadel is located about a 25 minute walk from the fortifies church. The path up to the citadel was not well maintained, so I recommend some proper hiking boots. The view from the citadel is very nice, especially on a clear day.
Written 13 July 2017
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Lee A
Ipswich, UK3,400 contributions
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May 2017
Whilst driving from Brasov to Sighisoara on the E60 road, I first caught sight of the imposing
St Stephan's Evangelical Fortified Church at Saschiz with its gleaming towers shimmering in the distance.

As I drove nearer, I realised that this architectural delight was proudly standing in the shadow of a magnificent clock tower.

Climbing out of the car, I was immediately drawn to to these two wonderful structures which completely dominated the unspoilt surrounding countryside and the lovely 14th Century Saxon Village of Saschiz, quietly tucked away unobtrusively behind them.

What an amazing find, and what a centre piece for the village!

Visually, it seemed, that the robustly built, masculine looking clock tower was boldly standing guard over the church, so elegantly poised with its softer contours and almost pastel pink coloured roof tiles. On reflection, and in a fairytale way, I suppose it was!

Before entering a small souvenir shop in front of the church, I looked all around me capturing the
delights of such peaceful tranquilly.

What a beautiful setting, and then to cap it all, I suddenly realised that high above the village on a steep hillside stood a fortification looking down over everything, as if it was keeping watch on both church and clock tower!

The lady in the souvenir shop gave me some helpful information and useful advice as I helped myself to some free leaflets and bought some mementos. The souvenir shop also sold various guide books in addition to local produce and crafts.

Sadly, the church was closed and the clock tower was deemed unsafe to enter. Nevertheless it was a great photo opportunity, moreover, I was keen to explore the village and climb the hillside to the fortification which was two kms away.

The construction of Saschiz Church began in 1493 and was completed as a fortified church in the first half of the 16th Century.

The nine metre tall 15th Century Saschiz Clock Tower was built strategically as a defence tower playing an important role throughout history dating back to the 15th century. It is very much the symbol of Saschiz and its most important landmark, widely considered as one of Transylvania's most beautiful, medieval monuments and the main tourist attraction of the village.

I strolled through the small 14th Century commune of Saschiz with its beautiful rustic houses, stopping only to take photos and to see a horse and cart being loaded before taking a rough track leading to the citadel.

Ok, it now lays in ruins, however you can instantly tell from the strategic position it holds and the views afforded from such a vantage point, that this was a very important military stronghold which would have offered a great deal of protection.

First documented in 1347, amongst the ruins, you can still see some of the main features, confirming how well the Saxon Community of the time was organised.

The fortress had five towers each serving a different function which reflected in their names.
The School Tower, Munitions Tower, Voivode Tower, ( The local governor or ruler in Central or Eastern Europe ), Priests Tower and Guard Tower.

Inside the ruined fortress also lies a fountain, which is thought to have once been connected to the Village via a subterranean tunnel.

The views from the citadel which overlook the expansive and all embracing farmland and countryside are staggeringly beautiful. However, add to this the grandeur of Saschiz's Evangelist Church and neighbouring clock tower, they become magical!

They say that Transylvania is a land of myths and legends, often associated with beauty, history and culture. In fact, a cradle of treasures …..... Saschiz is one of them!

Happy holidays!

Lee A
Written 20 June 2017
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