Founded in the 12th century by Saxons, Sighisoara still stands as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. This perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna, and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. This is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation. The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64m high tower built in 1556. It is today a museum of history. Other attractions include the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ.
Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
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