The Medieval Hall

The Medieval Hall in the Old Wine Cellar premises contains pages of the history of the old the city. One evening spent here makes you feel better, in an environment that reproduces the flavor of the days when the life of the city was centered around the craftsmen, the guild members. Replicas of guild flags and of the coats of arms, as well as the appropriate furniture take you to a forgotten world.

The first documentary mention of Bistrita dates from 1241. Bistrita is first attested as a town in the year 1264 and it owes its genesis, development and physical characteristics to an overwhelming extent to the medieval German colonization. Starting with 1353 Bistrita is entitled to hold an annual Fair for 15 days and receives the right to have its own seal (an ostrich's head, crowned, with a golden horseshoe in its beak), which was also a confirmation of the most important occupations - crafts and trade.

The old town had 18 towers and bastions defended by the city craftsmen organized in guilds. The main guilds were - Coopers' guild, Goldsmiths´, Tailors’, Stone Masons’, Tinners’, Tanners’, Rope Spinners’, Blacksmiths’, Armourers’, Leather Dressers’, Furriers’ Guild, etc..

During this period Bistrita became one of the most important cities in Transylvania, along with Sighisoara and Sibiu.

The history of the city of the 18 towers is the spirit of the Medieval Hall in the Old Wine Cellar.