Ieud&Bogdan Vodâ Maramureș Romania

I am driving Route DJ186 from Bârsana to a small village Ieud in Maramureş. It will take 40 minutes (28 km)

Arrived in the village of Ieud.

Ieud is the village of the commune with the same name in Maramureş County, Transylvania ,Ieud is a commune in Maramureș County in northern Romania. The commune is situated on the banks of the Ieudișor, a tributary of the Iza River. It has a population of 4,318 inhabitants (2011). Romania . It has a population of 4,318 inhabitants (2011).

Village center of Ieud: Going to the famous church, registered as a World Heritage Site.

Climbed up a hill, a churchyard appears first.

Built in 1364, the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God is the oldest of eight Wooden Churches of Maramureş that are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Arrived at the church of “The Birth of Mother of God” Ieud Maramureş.

The walls of the wooden church are made by oak board and the roofs are covered with a roof tile of fir tree.

The Birth of Mother of God Ieud

At the church, there was no concierge who has the key of the church, I could not get inside. So, I show the brochure below.

The Birth of Mother of God Church, Ieud Maramureş

The brochure of the Birth of Mother of God, Ieud.

Leaving the wooden church of Ieud, I am going to the neighboring village, Bogdan Vodâ. It takes just 5 minutes by car.

Through a bridge across Iza River to the village center of Bogdan Vodâ.

Soon I arrived at the place called “Parcul Central” (Central Park) on the Route DJ186, Bogdan Vodă. Bogdan Vodă is a commune in Maramureș County, northern Romania, it is situated on the bank of Iza River. It has a poplation of 2,445 inhabitants in 2011. The main industries are agriculture and livestock, often the cattle market is held.

Arrived in front of Biserica Sfântul Nicolae (Saint Nicholas Church).

Wooden Church of Saint Nicholas Bogdan Vodâ

Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the wooden church was built in 1718, on the place of the old one, burned by the Tatars in 1717.

Churchyard and interior of St. Nicholas Bogdan Vodă.

When I left the St. Nicholas Church, there was a modern beautiful church next door.

Very beautiful modern shaped Church of the Lord’s Resurrection, unfortunately I did not have time to enter the church.

Church of the Lord’s Resurrection

Bogdan Vodă is composed of two villages, Bocicoel (Kisbocskó) and Bogdan Vodă. The commune was named after its significant native, Bogdan I, the second founder of Moldavia.

Statue of Bogdan I in the Central Park of Bogdan Vodâ

National hero of Bogdan I, Bogdan the Founder, was the first independent ruler, Voivode of Moldavia in the 1360s.

Traditional private house in the village of Bogdan Vodâ, it’s a nice house!

From now on, I am going to the city of Suceava, today’s accommodation. It is likely to take for a long time.

I am running to east on the Route DN18. A wagon is still working in this area. It is really peaceful.

Eventually, I am running on the rord in the mountains. The mountain to see in the distance is Ukraine.

Arrived at the Prislop Pass Monastery.

Prislop Pass is a mountain pass in northeastern Romania, connecting the historical regions of Maramureş and Bukovina over the Rodna Mountains, in the Eastern Carpathians.

The Prislop Pass is situated at an elevation of 1,416 meters.

The Prislop Pass is very nice scenery. But the guide is looking at the watch so I should get into the car. It takes about three hours to the city of Suceava.

Barsana Maramureş Rumania

On the way to Ieud Maramureş I decided to call at a small village of Bârsana. It’s famous for the old wooden churches. 

Scenery of Maramureş: Going to a city called Bârsana.

Getting into the village of Bârsana and arrived at a souvenir shop in the center.

Bârsana was formed in the Iza valley at the beginning of the 14th century. It is a commune in Maramureș County, Romania. It is composed of two villages, Bârsana and Nănești and has a population of 4,474 inhabitants.

A church spire could be seen in the distance, So I am walking up a narrow mountain path.

 Eventually, an old desolated cemetery appeared. And an old wooden church rises in the center. It is the wooden church of the Mother of God in Bârsana.

Old abandoned tombstones around the church.

Biserica de lemn „Intrarea Maicii Domnului în Biserică” (The Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple)

The church is part of the wooden churches of Maramureș World Heritage Site, and is located in Bârsana Commune, Maramureş County, Romania.

Iconostasis of the church

The church was built in 1720 and it features some of the most representative baroque indoor murals in Maramureş. It has a collection of icons painted on glass and old religious books.

Wall paintings of the church Bârsana.

Going down the mountain path through the church yard.

Left the Church of the Mother of God, I am going to the Orthodox  Monastery (Nunnery) of Bârsana.

The traditional private house gates of Maramureș and a roadside cross.

Their sculptures are splendid, I think that you can understand why there are many wooden churches in this area.

Arrived in front of the Orthodox Convent of Bârsana.

The gate of the Orthodox Convent. “Let’s get into it.”

Bârsana Monastery Plan (post card)

Extensive monastery Garden, very beautiful.

Bell tower (left) and wooden church (right)

Approaching the wooden church. This church is devoted to the Apostles.

Now, let’s get into this wooden church.

Iconostasis of the ground floor chapel, where daily masses are held.

Ceiling paintings of the chapel

The majestic Christ, the twelve apostles (Judah without the halo), the four gospel writers and the three angels (Ruschel, Gabriel, Michael) In the Bible.

Moved to the upper floor : Interior of the wooden church, it is very solemn.

Iconostasis of the church

After this I climbed to the top floor and looked at the whole monastery. It was a very pastoral and peaceful landscape.

Summer Chapel (view from the church) : In the chapel, the mass is done on a fine weather day in summer.

The left house is the residence for monk, the right is for nuns. (Strangely, there was only one monk.)

Left the church, I am walking to the village parking lot through the monastery.

The guest house and the museum of the Monastery, a souvenir shop near the gate of the monastery and Bârsana village.

After this, I will go to a village of Ieud Maramureş. Ieud is also famous for the wooden churchs of the world heritage.

Săpânța, northern Romania

From Cluj-Napoca I arrived at the booked Hotel Carpați in the city of Baia Mare at dusk. The Hotel Carpaţi is a 4 star hotel located on the shore of Săsar River.

Baia Mare Hotel Carpați, Views from the hotel room.

Baia Mare is a municipality along the Săsar River, in northwestern Romania; it is the capital of Maramureș County. The city of Baia Mare has a population of 123,738 at the 2011 census.

The next morning I woke up at 5:30. So I went for a walk with the cameras early in the morning.

The front of the Hotel Carpaţi, Crossing the Culture Bridge over the Săsar River, Walking into the Dacia Park, Maramures County Council.

After early morning walk, had breakfast, I am going to a little village Called Săpânța Maramureș. It will take an hour 30 minutes.

Maramureș is situated on the northeastern Carpathians (the highest peaks exceed 2,600 m) along the upper Tisa River. It is a geographical, historical and ethno-cultural region in northern Romania.

Maramureş Grassland

Scenery of Maramureş

Arrived at the village of Săpânța, I am going into the village center, where has the famous funny churchyard.

Welcoming Gate, Main Street, and Colorful unique houses of the village of Sapânţa

Sapânţa is a village of the commune with the same name in Maramureş County, Transylvania. It has a population of 2,903 inhabitants (2011).

The Merry Cemetery Săpânța is famous for its colorful tombstones with naiveté paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the people who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.

Arrived in front of the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Săpânța.

Here is a famous merry churchyard of Sapânţa Maramureș in the wrold. Let’s get into it.

Ortodoxă Biserica Nașterea Maicii Domnului (Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God)

Walking into the churchyard.

Who did come up with such a tombstone cross?

Each grave has a picture showing its life.

Unique Tomb’s Pictures

(I was an apple farmer, a woodcutter, a veterinarian, a farmer with a flour mill, a musician, a good weaver, a toast with wife after harvest, well, my life has been pleasant.)

The cemetery’s origins are linked with the name of Stan Ioan Pătraş, a local artist who sculpted the first tombstone crosses. In 1935, Pătraș carved the first epitaph and, as of the 1960s, more than 800 of such oak wood crosses came into sight.

Local artest, Stan Ioan Pătraş, tomb

The inscription on his tombstone cross says:

Since I was a little boy                                                                                                        I was known as Stan Ioan Pătraş                                                                                Listen to me, fellows                                                                                                    There are no lies in what I am going to say

All along my life                                                                                                                  I meant no harm to anyone                                                                                            But did good as much as I could                                                                                      To anyone who asked

Oh, my poor World                                                                                        Because It was hard living in it

Funny epitaphs:

…Now I will tell you a good one                                                                                          I kind of liked the plum ţuica                                                                                         With my friends at the pub                                                                                                  I used to forget what I came for

I thought that he was a happy life, and want to bless him. So I decied to go to his house. Former Stan Ioan Pătraş’s workshop is now a small museum. The guide is looking at the watch.

Walk for about 5 minutes, you can reach the CASA Sãpânțanã, former Stan Ioan Pătraş’s workshop.

Inside of the museum of CASA Sãpânţanã

Ioan Pătraş’ bedroom, workplace, restored work. And the photograph of him and the family. Ioan Pătraş seems to have loved this job.

Souvenir shops Săpânța: After the museum of CASA Sãpânţanã I bought souvenirs here.

When I went out of the souvenir shop, a carriage with two horses passerby.

They are very good horses. I got on horses in Hungary and Switzerland, so I can understand horses well.

Oh, I have to go to the next village of Ieud Maramureş.

Cluj-Napoca Romania

Arrived at Cluj-Napoca, I am going into the city center.

Cluj-Napoca Town Map

Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is the second most populous city in Rumania, after the national capital Bucharest, and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. It has a population of 324,576 inhabitances in the city.

Arrived at the car park 0f Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca

Union Square (Piața Unirii), Cluj-Napoca

Piața Unirii (Union Square) is the largest and most important squares in the city of Cluj-Napoca. The square is one of the largest in Romania, with dimensions of 220 m by 160 m. The central district of the city spreads out from this square.

St. Michael’s Church on Union Square

Belfry of St. Michael’s Church, Cluj-Napoca

The St. Michael’s Church, Cluj-Napoca with the highest church tower in Romania (80m), is the second largest Gothic-style church, after the Black Church of Brașov. The church was constructed in two phases. The first from 1316 to 1390 and the second from 1410 to 1487.

Interior of St. Michael’s Church, Gothic solemn atmosphere

The central altarpiece is Virgin with Child. The side altar is Christ on the cross.

Stunning stained glass of St. Michael’s Church Cluj-Napoca

King Matthias statue in the center of Union Square

The King Matthias Monument is the most famous work of János Fadrusz, its culmination and crowning. The monument still dominates the main square of Cluj-Napoca, where the Hungarian hero has become a symbol of the lost city.

After the Union square, I am walking through the Iuliu Maniu Street to the.Avram Iancu Square.

Iuliu Maniu Street Cluj-Napoca

The Orthodox Cathedral on Avram Iancu Square comes into view.

Arrived in the Avram Iancu Square Cluj-Napoca

Avram Iancu Square is a central plaza in city of Cluj-Napoca. Its most prominent buildings are the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral, the Wagner Gyula’s eclectic Palace of Justice, the Lucian Blaga National Theatre and the headquarters of the County Prefecture.

In the center of Avram Iancu Square is the Statue of Avram Iancu.

Avram Iancu (1824 – 1872) was a Transylvanian Romanian lawyer who played an important role in the local chapter of the Austrian Empire Revolutions of 1848–1849.

The National Theater is on the south of Avram Iancu Square.

The Lucian Blaga National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca is one of the most prestigious theatrical institutions in Romania. It was built between 1904 and 1906.

Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral, Cluj-Napoca

The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is the most famous Romanian Orthodox church of Cluj-Napoca. The cathedral was built between 1923 and 1933, after the Union of Transylvania with the Romanian Old Kingdom.

Being tired out by hard scheduled, I took a rest for a while in front of the Cathedral.  After the tour of Cluj-Napoca I left this beautiful town for the city of Baia Mare, Maramureş.

Sighișoara Transylvania

Plum Țuică from Rumania

I arrived at the booked hotel in Sighişoara at 7:20 pm. I used a shower immediately and had dinner in the hotel restaurant.  After that, I enjoyed Romanian local liquor, Țuică, in the room. I love Țuică but it is impossible to get it in Tokyo.

Țuică is a traditional Romanian spirit that contains 24~65% alcohol by volume (usually 40–55%), prepared only from plums. Other spirits that are produced from other fruit or from a cereal grain are called “rachiu” or “rachie”.

Traditionally, țuică is prepared from early October until early December (after winemaking is complete). The process must generally be finished before Christmas, so as not to leave unfinished business for the next year. The plums must be left for fermentation for 6–8 weeks, in large barrels.

Hotel Europa Sighișoara, the hotel is located in the countryside area, 7 km from Sighişoara city.

I went for a walk around the hotel early in the morning.

Sighișoara is a city on the Târnava Mare River in Mureș County. It is located in the historic region of Transylvania. German craftsmen and merchants, the Transylvanian Saxons, were invited here by the King of Hungary during the 12th century, to settle and defend the frontier. 

After breakfast, cross the river of Târnava Mare to the old town of Sighișoara.

Arrived in the old town of Sighişoara I got the town map at the Tourist Information Office first. Sighișoara has a population of 28,102 according to the 2011 census.

Here’s the old town map of Sighișoara.

Fantastic medieval town Sighişoara

Central Sighisoara has preserved in an exemplary way the features of a small medieval fortified city and it has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Sighișoara City Hall

Sighisoara is a popular tourist destination due to its well-preserved walled old town.

Clock Tower (Turnul cu Ceas)

The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64 meter high tower built in 1556. It is presently a Museum of History. Walked up the tower I took pictures of the surroundings.

One of these pictures from the Clock Tower, St. Nicholas Church on the School Hill, Sighisoara.

Casa Vlad Dracula by the Clock Tower

Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476), was the Prince of Wallachia, and he became the ruler of Wallachia in 1436. He is a hero who fought to protect his country from the Ottoman Empire. He was born and raised in this mansion.This house is now a restaurant.

I’m walking to the St. Nicholas Church on the hill from the Museum Square.

Strada Școlii (School Street) There is a wooden staircase to the St. Nicholas Church.

Wooden Staircase to the high school and St. Nicholas Church on Fortress Hill

The Covered Wooden Stairway is situated at the end of School Street. The stair was built in 1642. It has 175 steps.

Left the covered stairway, Joseph Haltrich Theoretical High School appears. It was built in 1619.

Old town of Sighișoara, view from Fortress Hill

Next to the high school is St. Nicholas Church.

This Evangelical church, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, is the most valuable architectonical monument of the citadel and beautiful Gothic church in the town of Sighișoara.

St. Nicholas Basilica on Fortress Hill

The construction of the church started in 1345, under patonage St. Nicholas and ended in 1525, 180 years later.

Interior of St. Nicholas Church

Beautiful altarpiece of St. Nicholas

After the St. Nicholas Church, I found the remains of old walls that surrounded this old town.

The remains of old walls surrounding the fortress hill.

There is a tower called “Rope Makers’ Tower” near the old walls.

The Rope Makers’ Tower is today the home of the guardian of the Evangelic cemetery on the hill.

The Churchyard of Saint Nicholas

On the way going down the Fortress Hill, high school students’ outdoor classes, they were learning the history of the town.

Visit a private house

A local took me to his home veranda that has a very good outlook over the old town. His father’s wagon, he got on this wagon with his father when he was a child. After this, I roamed around the old town aimlessly.

Scării Street. Reputable café Casa Cositorarului. Tinkers’ Tower. Around the Tinkers’ Tower.

Tinkers’ Tower has an excellent defense position. The building that went through many battles, in front of the tower is the best preserved bastion.

Fortress Square. Mănăstirii Street. St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Shoemakers’ Tower

The Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church is placed in the north-eastern side of the citadel of Sighișoara. It was built between 1894-1896, after the demolition of the franciscan nuns monastery. Situated in the North-Eastern part of the city, Shoemakers’ Tower is mentioned in 1521, rebuilt in 1650, and modified in 1681. It bears the influence of the baroque architecture. The tower, in front of which was an artillery bastion, demolished in 1846, houses today the local radio station “Radioson”.

It is now time to leave this town.

I got some souvenir that will be memorable.

Leaving the old town of Sighișoara for the next destination Cluj-Napoca.

Biertan Transylvania, Rumania

Biertan is a commune in central Romania, in the north of the Sibiu County, 80 km north of Sibiu. It has a population of 2,519 inhabitants in the 2011. Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993.

Scenery from Sibiu to Biertan Rumania

The Biertan fortified church was the see (Bishop province) of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. The commune is composed of three villages: Biertan, Copșa Mare and Richiș, each of which has a fortified church.

I am going into the village of Richiş first.

Richiş is a tiny village with a population of 679 inhabitants, but  it’s famous for the fortified church.

Walking to the village cente . Calm and quiet village.

I’ve heard that the number of people from European countries migrating to this village is increasing.

The village center of Richiș.

Evangelical-Lutheran Church Richiș

Evangelical fortified church in Retterberg foothills was built between 1350 and 1451, the late Gothic style, two Annexes and cross-nave basilica, it is the model of the Episcopal Church. As I have no time, so I took some photos of the church from outside and headed to the next village, Biertan.

After the tiny village of Richiș, arrived at the neighboring village Biertan and I am walking the main street of Aurel Vlaicu to the village center, in front of the fortified church. Vietnam is also a small village, it has a population of 1872 inhabitants.

Scenery of Biertan village. It is quiet.

The Biertan fortified church comes into view.

Arrived in front of the fortification church in Biertan.

The Biertan fortified church is a Lutheran fortified church in Biertan, in the Transylvania region. It was built by the ethnic German Transylvanian Saxon community at a time when the area belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary. Briefly Roman Catholic, it became Lutheran following the Reformation.

Biertan Fortified Church Plan

Entrance of the fortification church of Biertan.

Gate Tower of Fortified Church

Entered the fortified church complex, access to the church is up a covered wooden staircase dating from 1795.

I’m walking up the covered staircase that is almost 100 m long.

Massive solid walls, the phot was taken from the staircase window.

Biertan Fortified Church had three defensive walls.

The King granted the town the right to bear arms when the Ottoman army was frightening the surroundings. The Transylvanian Saxons chose to build instead of fortresses around the towns, to fortify the churches.

Fortified Basilica Biertan

Walked up and got out the staircase, there is a Gospel Church. Let’s get into it.

Interior of Fortified Basilica

Very beautiful altarpiece of the Basilica

Got out of the fortified church, I was looking at the idyllic village.

Quiet village of Biertan, view from the fortified church.

The Fortified Church had three defensive walls with towers and gateways. Each of the towers had a different function. One was used by the villagers to store bacon in case of siege. Another was used for parish meetings.

Catholics Tower, clock tower and bell tower of the fortified church.

Catholics Tower ; When it was built, the church was Roman Catholic, but later it  became a Lutheran Church after the Reformation. The Roman Catholics were allowed to keep a small chapel in one of the towers for worship.

Mausoleum Tower

Headstones in Mausoleum Tower

Biertan Local Museum; House for divorcing couples.

This is a house like a jail. The house was used to confine a couple wanting to divorce, for one or two weeks.What is the result of it?

Inside of the house, just one single bed is in the room.

It’s time to leave the fortified church, I’m walking down to the outside of the church.

Got out the Fortified Church, there is a square called 1st December 1918. (Great Union Day, occurring on December 1 1918, is the national holiday of Romania. It commemorates the assembly of the delegates of ethnic Romanians held in Alba Iulia, which declared the Union of Transylvania with Romania.)

Square 1st December 1918 of Biertan

Leaving the Fortified Church of Biertan for the next village Copşa Mare.

Running to the village of Copşa Mare from Biertan, the landscape is pastoral and very beautiful.

Arrived at the edge of Copşa Mare. Most of the streets are not paved.

Copşa Mare is a village in the municipality of Biertan, Transylvania Rumania. It has a population of 444 inhabitants, it’s a really tiny village. The nearest major cities is Sighișoara, about 20 km north-east.

Walking to the village center. The houses are like Biertan.

The main industries of the village are wine production, stock raising and dairy farming. Beekeeping is also thriving. If you come to this village, you should better buy honey.

A wagon loaded with grass came over. The old man greeted me. . “De unde vă aflați?” (I think that he said where are you from?) And I replied “I’m from Tokyo.” “Enjoy!” He’s gone.

I’m approaching the village center.

Arrived at the village center of Copşa Mare. The fortified church rises above the hill.

Unfortunately, I do not have enough time, so I have to take pictures and return to the car hastily.

Fortified Basilica (Lutheran Church) Copșa Mare

Copşa Mare had few tourists becouse it is far from the national highway and railway station.

Leaving the village of Copşa Mare.

The villagers of Copşa Mare are simple, honest and kind to travelers. I wanted to send the rest of my life in this village, if possible. I am too old to be able to do so.

Young farmer is coming back home with hay.

I am in a hurry to the next destination, Sighișoara.

Sibiu Transylvania, Romania

On the way to Sighișoara, I dropped in at SibiuIt 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.

Sibiu Old Town Map

Arrived at Union Square, I am going to walk along the Nicolae Bălcescu street to the old town center of Sibiu.

Piața Unirii Sibiu (Sibiu Union Square)

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.

Nicolae Balcescu Street, I am walking the street to the old town center of Sibiu.

Nicolae Balcescu Street is the main shopping artery to the historical center.

Arrived in a plaza called “Piața mare din Sibiu” (Large Square in Sibiu).

The Large Square is the central square of Sibiu, existing since 12th century, it was the city’s third fortification zone.

“Piața mare din Sibiu” (Large Square in Sibiu). Left is Sibiu City Hall with the tourist information office. Right is Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity.

Casa Lutsch, Falkenhayn Fountain, Romanian Art Gallery and Brukenthal National Museum in Large Square, Sibiu

Large Square Sibiu is very quiet and beautiful. I took a lot of pictures.

It is time to say goodbye to the Large Square.

I was walking to the Small Square from the Large Square, it took 3 minutes. On the way a high tower rises.

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.

Arrived in the Piața Mică (Small Square)

The Small Square was the centre of all craft and mercantile activity historically, furriers, pelt dealers, tanners and gold-workers traded from here.

Traditional houses surrounding Small Square

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.

Casa Artelor and Museum of Saxon Ethnography

The museum is a beautiful monumental building and has a collection of 8300 items.

Arcade of the museum

The Museum of Saxon Ethnography exhibits the most important collections of Saxon folk art in Romania.

The museum exhibition rooms

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.

Podul Minciunilor din Sibiu (The Bridge of Lies in Sibiu)

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.

Lower Town in Sibiu, view from the Bridge of Lies

The lower town is the traditional shopping, entertainment and residential districts of Sibiu. I would like to stay longer and visit the area.

Evangelical Cathedral St. Mary stands on Albert Huet Square Sibiu

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.

Statue of Bishop Georg Daniel Teutsch

Bishop Georg Daniel Teutsch (1817-1893) was a famous historian and bishop of Transylvania.

The Altar of the Evangelical Cathedral Cibiu

Sauer organ of the Evangelical Cathedral Sibiu

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.)

Muzeul Naţional Brukenthal (Brukenthal National Museum) Sibiu was founded in the 18th century.

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. 

The collections of Brukenthal Museum Sibiu

After the tour of the museum I went out of the house and met some young women in the Large Square.

Pretty high schoolers, one of them is learning Japanese.

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.

The Cathedral, Orthodox Holy Trinity, came into view on Mitropoliei Street.

Holy Trinity Cathedral is the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Sibiu.

Romanian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral 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.

The Altar of Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral Sibiu

The interior of the Cathedral is really gorgeous. (Would Jesus wanted such a luxurious church?)

Running out of time after the Holy Trinity Cathedral, I decided to return Union square hastily.

I’m walking the Nicolae Bălcescu street to the Union square Sibiu.