Sibiu city is the heart ofGerman Transylvania, located in the place where many years ago there was one of the biggest medieval fortress from Romania. Today, Sibiu is among the biggest cities from this country which over the years attracted a large number of foreign investments. Also, in 2007 ithad a great national and international exposure, being theEuropean City of Culturetogether with Luxembourg.

About the history

The history of Sibiu seems to be written by Saxon colonies which were called there by Hungarian kings in order to conquer Transylvania faster.

Besides new standards of life,Saxons brought with them newcrafts and made the oldSibiuan outlet for trade. This helped the city to develop quickly and to become the most important fortress of ancient Transylvania,being amongthe prosperous cities of that period.

In the past, Sibiu was known as a remarkable center of German-born population in Transylvania. There lived togetherin perfect harmony three great cultures: Romanian, Hungarian, and German, and some minorities too. Due to its location, near the Romanian country and Moldova,as well as Germanic influences, the whole culture and monuments around the city took the Western,Byzantine and Orthodox mark.

In addition, in the period of Habsburg occupation, Sibiu was considered the second important city of the empire after Vienna.

Places to visit in Sibiu

  • The Big Square - Itis the perfect place where somebody can start to roam the city. Although initially it was a cereal market, later it became the place where medieval executions, public meetingsor carnivals were organized. Furthermore, buildings over 500 years old surround the square and write the history of the place in colors.
  • Brukenthal National Museum - Itis on one side of the BigSquare. Museum facades are built in Baroque while the interior combines Baroque with Rocco. The museum was built for the Governor of Transylvaniain the XVIII century.
  • The Bridge of Lies - the bridge constructedof wrought iron has this name because of the gossipers who used to stay here.
  • Council Tower -In the past, the tower had a lot of uses:viewpoint of fire, jail,granary and even a museum.
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