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THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTURE IN THE CULTURAL TOURISM OF SIGHIŞOARA

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Author(s): Camelia TEODORESCU | Elisabeta CIOCAN

Journal: Analele Universităţii din Craiova. Seria Geografie
ISSN 1224-4112

Volume: XI;
Start page: 82;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: architecture | culture | outlook | cultural symbol | civilisation | ethnic group

ABSTRACT
The architecture of Sighişoara is represented by a mixture of styles in which Gothic, Renaissance and baroque elements are found. The urbanistic structure has been preserved through all the defining elements of the Medieval period. The great density of architectural monuments: public buildings, the dwellings that make up the assembly, but also the defence works that have been preserved up to 90%, make the area unique by its historical value. In the town, there is a great difference between the architecture of the Citadel and that of the Downward Town, the latter having been much more affected by the transformations which came along with the passing of years.After 1950, new utilities have been introduced and they generated changes in the arrangement of interiors and annexes, according to the newest functional requirements. But, these changes are reversible. The transformations, imposed to the houses because of permanent inhabitance, have been realised from the same materials, using the same techniques, the plastered gravels, the brick walls and the roofs with high tiles. The walls with ornaments of many houses represent a characteristic of Sighişoara city and it reflects authenticity to the architectonic outlook.

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