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Following the footsteps of the Saxons in Romania (Part I)

“Unteatru, Mobile Theatre” is an innovative cultural project that aims not only to bring theater to small villages and towns in Saxon communities but also to offer unique experiences to the spectators in these areas, with stories inspired by their history. In order to bring these stories to life, we have embarked on the footsteps of the Saxons, researching the history of this community.

The first Saxons to arrive in present-day Romania were German settlers from the Rhine, Moselle and Luxembourg regions. These settlers were invited to settle in Transylvania by King Géza II of Hungary in the 12th century.

The main reasons were to defend the southern borders of Transylvania and develop the region economically. These Saxons, known as Transylvanian Saxons or Saxons from Transylvania, were enticed with privileges and special rights, such as administrative autonomy, religious freedom and extensive commercial rights.

The first Saxons to arrive in Transylvania contributed to the development of rural areas in the region. They brought with them expertise in agriculture, animal husbandry, industry and trade. They also brought their specific culture, language and architecture, which had a significant impact on the cultural landscape of the region.

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