Of the original seven bastions (towers maintained by the city’s trade guilds), the best preserved is that of the weavers, on Str Coşbuc. This complex of wooden galleries and bolt holes now contains the Museum of the Bârsa Land Fortifications. Inside are models and weaponry recalling the bad old days when the region was repeatedly attacked by Tatars, Turks and by Vlad the Impaler, who left hundreds of captives on sharp stakes to terrorize the townsfolk. The Saxons’ widely publicized stories of Vlad’s cruelty unwittingly contributed to Transylvania’s dark image and eventually caught Bram Stoker’s attention as he conceived Dracula.

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