Tag: Transylvania

On The Early Settlement Of The Transylvanian Saxons

This article will briefly describe the early settlement of the Transylvanian Saxons, an eclectic population of Western and Central European origins (stemming from present-day Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and even parts of north-eastern France) and one of the most important historical ethnic minorities in Romania as well as, at the same time, the eldest and…


A Brief History Of Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Transylvania, Romania

Sibiu (or Hermannstadt as it is known in standard German/Hochdeutsch as well as H쎤rmeschtat or Hermestatt in the Transylvanian Saxon dialect) has been and is one of the most important historical towns in Transylvania and in Romania in general, a noteworthy urban centre in cultural, historical, and ecclesiastical/religious regards for both the Transylvanian Romanians and…


A Brief History Of Mediaș/Mediasch, Transylvania, Romania

Media좙 (known in Standard German/Hochdeutsch as Mediasch, historically also as Medwisch, and in the Transylvanian Saxon dialect as Medwesch or Meddesch respectively) has been one of the most important urban settlements in southern Transylvania and one of the most important historical towns of the Transylvanian Saxons (known in German as ‘Siebenb쎼rger Sachsen‘, i.e. Seven Citadels’/Castles’…


The History Of The Zipser Germans In Central Europe

The Zipser Germans (German: Zipser/Zipser Deutsche/Zipser Sachsen) are an important historical German-speaking minority in Central and Eastern Europe, which has been living since the High Middle Ages in present-day north-eastern Slovakia and since the Modern period in northern Romania as well (i.e. in the historical regions of Maramure좙 and Bukovina/Bucovina/Bukowina/Buchenland). The Zipser Germans gained their…


Bram Stoker’s Dracula Might Have Been Inspired From An Irish Legend

The highly popular Gothic horror character created by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel entitled ‘Dracula’ might have actually been inspired from an Irish folk legend instead of the historical prince of Wallachia Vlad III Dracul (Vlad III the Dragon) who reigned during the late Middle Ages. While the most popular theory regarding Dracula’s origin…