Sighisoara is one of the seven fortified Saxon cities of Transylvania, in Romania.
The fortified villages were established in the twelfth century by settlers from the Moselle region. Saxons were brought to Transylvania by Hungarian rulers, who wanted the Germans to establish in areas of mountain passes to defend the kingdom from the Ottomans and Tatars.
For this reason there is a significant minority of Germans in Transylvania and that’s why there is a German cemetery in Sighisoara, located in the citadel, just behind the church.
The cemetery is a serene place, dating from the 12th century, with luxuriant vegetation, refreshing shade, old trees, moss and ivy covering old stones. The silence is being pierced only by birds’ song and by the wind whispering through the leaves.