Transylvania: Viscri (2)

Early morning traffic in Viscri, Transylvania, Romania. There are several hundred Saxon villages in Transylvania, many of them with traditional houses as well as fortified churches. The village of Viscri is one of seven exceptionally well preserved examples which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. © Rudolf Abraham

Viscri Transylvania Romania Saxon village photography © Rudolf Abraham

Viscri, Transylvania, Romania © Rudolf Abraham


Nikon D700 & 24mm PC-E
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Transylvania: Viscri (1)

The fortified church in Viscri, Transylvania, Romania. There are several hundred Saxon villages in Transylvania, many of them with fortified churches. The village of Viscri is one of seven exceptionally well preserved examples which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. © Rudolf Abraham

Viscri Transylvania Romania Saxon fortified church photography © Rudolf Abraham

Viscri, Transylvania, Romania © Rudolf Abraham


Nikon D700 & 14-24/2.8
Click here for more photos of Saxon villages in Transylvania.
Photo copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may not be copied, stored, distributed or published in any form without prior written permission from Rudolf Abraham.

Sunday market in Zarnesti, Transylvania

Two shots from the Sunday market in the small town of Zarnesti, near Piatru Craiului national park. In Zarnesti I was fortunate enough to stay with award-winning guide Danut Marin and his wife Luminita, who run a lovely guesthouse (with truly heavenly home-cooked meals) and wildlife and cultural tours in the surrounding mountains and further afield – one of the absolute highlights of this, or I expect any other, trip to Transylvania. See Transylvanian Wolf for more details.

Selling flower bulbs it the Rroma-controlled area of large Sunday market in Zarnesti, Transylvania

Selling local honey at the large Sunday market in Zarnesti, Transylvania (pity about the blown out highlights, but couldn’t really ask the man to turn his stall around…!). For the record, the producer’s name is Lung Daniel; and honey from the wild flowers and meadows of the surrounding mountains is delicious….
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Sighisoara, Transylvania

A quick visit to Sighisoara, Transylvania – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a lovely, atmospheric old town centre. Although Sibiu remains, for me at least, the most beautiful city in Transylvania….

The main square (Piata Cetatii)

Orthodox cathedral

Woman in doorway
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Junii parade, Brasov, Transylvania

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be in the small Transylvanian city of Brasov on the day of the annual Junii parade. Groups of men dressed in dazzlingly bright traditional costumes ride through the streets, accompanied by brass bands. As they stop the riders shout ‘Hristos a inviat!’ (Christ is risen!’), with the crowd shouting back ‘Adevarat a inviat!’ (‘Truly risen!’).

Junni commemorates the one day of the year when, under Hungarian rule, the young Romanian men of Schei (once a small village outside the old city walls, now part of Brasov) were allowed into town.

Some of the costumes are as much as 150 years old, and the elaborate decoration (including thousands of sequins) makes them incredibly heavy. The horses get rather jumpy at times and do a fair bit of prancing and kicking – usually the moment for the crowds lining the roadside to duck backwards in a hurry….









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A rainy day in Sibiu, Transylvania (2)

Here are a few more photos from lovely Sibiu.

Playing in the fountain on the main square, Piata Mare

Piata Mare from the Council Tower, with the Cindrel Mountains in the distance

Totem #1

Totem #2

Salve

A section of the old fortifications on the southeast side of the city centre, near the Powder Tower

Dog chasing cyclist
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A rainy day in Sibiu, Transylvania

I’m in Sibiu – European Capital of Culture 2007, with its beautifully preserved medieval core – for a couple of days, working on the updates for the Bradt guide to Transylvania. Here are a few photos from today…

Street #1

Street #2

Paparazzi

Kindness

View from the Council Tower

Dracula kitsch

Members of the ‘Balkans Let’s Get Up’ project

Windows to the soul

Doorway #1

Doorway #2

Sleepy dog

Reflections in the Great Square

Infectious joy
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