On the way to Sighișoara, I dropped in at Sibiu. It is a city in Transylvania, with a population of 147,245. Located some 140 km west of Brașov, the city straddles the Cibin River, a tributary of the river Olt.
Arrived at Union Square, I am going to walk along the Nicolae Bălcescu street to the old town center of Sibiu.
Piața Unirii (Union Square) is one of the most crowded areas of Sibiu, where you can go to the historic center through the Nicolae Balcescu Street.
The Large Square is the central square of Sibiu, existing since 12th century, it was the city’s third fortification zone.
I was walking to the Small Square from the Large Square, it took 3 minutes. On the way a high tower rises.
The Council Tower was built in the 13th century, the gate on the ground floor is the entrance to the city’s second fortification zone.
The Small Square was the centre of all craft and mercantile activity historically, furriers, pelt dealers, tanners and gold-workers traded from here.
Arcaded houses give it a distinctive charm. You can have a seat at one of its many ground-floor café terraces and watch the world go by.
There is a museum in one corner of the Small Square. Let’s go into it.
The museum is a beautiful monumental building and has a collection of 8300 items.
The Museum of Saxon Ethnography exhibits the most important collections of Saxon folk art in Romania.
Left the Museum of Saxon Ethnography, I’m going to cross a bridge called “Podul Minciunilor” and walking to the Evangelical Cathedral St. Mary on Albert Huet Square.
The Bridge of Lies is a metal bridge in the city of Sibiu, built in 1859 above the Ocnei Street which connects Lower Town and Upper Town.
The lower town is the traditional shopping, entertainment and residential districts of Sibiu. I would like to stay longer and visit the area.
The Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary was built in the 14th century on the location of another 12th-century church. The Lutheran Cathedral is the most famous Gothic-style church in Sibiu, Transylvania. Its massive 73.34 m high steeple is a landmark of the city.
Bishop Georg Daniel Teutsch (1817-1893) was a famous historian and bishop of Transylvania.
In 1671 a Slovakian craftsman built an organ to replace the previous one that was built in 1585. Today the newer organ is the largest in the southeastern region of Europe. Wilhelm Carl Friedrich Sauer (1831 – 1916) was a German pipe organ builder.
From the Albert Huet square I came back to the Large square again and entered Brukenthal National Museum. (The local guide was awkward.)
Brukenthal National Museum housed in the palace of Samuel von Brukenthal, who was Habsburg governor of Transylvania and who established its first collections around 1790.
After the tour of the museum I went out of the house and met some young women in the Large Square.
We had a brief chat each other for minutes. Then I said “Good bye”. She replyed “Sayonara”. Then, left the Brukenthal Museum I’m going to the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Sibiu has three Cathedrals, Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity on the Large Square, Reformed Evangelical Cathedral St. Mary on Albert Huet Square and Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral on the Metropolitan Street.
Holy Trinity Cathedral is the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Sibiu.
The Cathedral was built in the style of a Byzantine basilica, inspired by Hagia Sophia Istanbul, with the main spires influenced by Transylvanian church architecture and Baroque elements.
Running out of time after the Holy Trinity Cathedral, I decided to return Union square hastily.