Back in the Middle Ages, the Saxon colonists founded in the heart of Transylvania the citadel of Sibiu, with towers and walls surrounding squares and cobblestone narrow streets. The ancient town’s past lifestyle and ambiance were brought to life during the Medieval Festival that took place in the last weekend of August in Sibiu.
It is the end of the summer in Romania and I am back in Sibiu to attend a wedding of an old friend of mine. In this part of the country, weddings start early and finish before midnight. This usually happens because the guests might need a full day after the wedding in order to recover after the long sessions of dancing, drinking and eating as much as possible.
It was my case as well (except for the dancing part) and by 11 PM, I was already sleeping. The shots of homemade local brandy, although accompanied by kilograms of pork, beef or mutton, were enough to seriously hit me; it took me 10 hours of sleep to recover. I also needed some coffee before my 3 hours trip back home to Timisoara, so I went into the old town to have one.
Arriving there, I noticed two women walking down the street dressed up like in medieval times; they were wearing long mantles. I was thinking they must be just some weird ladies, who simply wanted to distract the attention of the hungover people taking a walk on a Sunday morning.
But when I entered in Piata Mare (The Big Square), I got the feeling it must be me being in the wrong place: princesses, knights, troubadours, minstrels, merchants and craftsmen filled the square. Some knights were fighting with their swords, while a few archers were drawing with arrows.
Others seemed to have quite the battle and preferred to hang around with their birds.
Somewhere else in the square, in the front of a stage, kids were watching captivated a medieval theater play. Nearby some ladies were preparing for the painting workshop, while a craftsman attracted most of the young women with his handmade accessories. Elsewhere around, there were performances representing the daily life and activities of the Middle Ages.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay until the end of the festival for the medieval music concerts and dance performances. I missed the chance to learn the techniques of sword fighting or to taste ancient cuisine. Anyway, previously I was just looking for a coffee in the old town. I didn’t imagine that eventually, I’ ll be transported to old times…