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The Saxons of Hoghilag

Hoghilag, or Heltau in German, is a village located in Sibiu county in Transylvania, Romania. It is one of the most important Saxon settlements in the region and still preserves a rich cultural and historical heritage.

The Saxons of Hoghilag played a significant role in the history and development of the village. They were among the German settlers who were brought to Transylvania in the 12th-13th centuries to colonize and consolidate the frontier territories of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. These settlers were drawn to the Transylvanian region to use their skills in agriculture, crafts and construction to develop and consolidate these territories.
Saxon culture and traditions are still visible in everyday life in Hoghilag. The traditional Saxon houses, with their steep roofs and decorated beams, contribute to the picturesque charm of the village. Traditional gastronomy and crafts are also preserved and still appreciated by the local community.
However, efforts are made to preserve and promote the Saxon heritage of Hoghilag. Cultural festivals, restoration projects of historical buildings and initiatives to promote cultural tourism are just a few examples of activities aimed at keeping alive the memory and traditions of this remarkable historical community.

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