the sunday opened market
During the sunday's mornings, in the north side of Sibiu (on the exist to Medias), you can visit another kind of market.
Even if you don't want to buy anything, it's interesting to see all this outfitters. If there are second hand stuff, you can negotiate the price, like in Turkey or India. If the things are brand new, usually the price is fixed. It's a mixture of things brought to sale: from cars, to cloths and even animals.
It's not the look of today's Sibiu, is more like the flavour of the old times.
The Evangelic Cathedral is a prime example of German-Romanian architecture from the 16th century. This is a lutheran church, built in 1520. Typical of these German churches is the shingling, where each shingle is a different colour.
Turnul Sfatalui, or Council Tower, was built in the 13th century although the first written reocrd of it was in 1370. It guarded the entrance gate of the inner walls to the city. It got its name from the fact that it stood next to Sibiu's Town Hall or Council House. The tower collapsed in 1586 and was rebuilt in 1588. The roof has been modified several times since then.
The tower was used as a jail and later as a corn storehouse. Inside today, it is mostly empty, but
the top floor is used as an observation desk from which visitors can get excellent views of the historic town through sealed windows: they are kept fairly clean so you can still get good photos. It is quite a climb to get there, but definitely worth it.
The admission is a real bargain at only 1 lei.
Brukenthal National Museum
The Brukenthal Palace was built by Samuel Brukenthal, governor of Transylvania, in baroque style between 1777 and 1787.
He gathered here a vast collection of paintings, antiques, coins, and rare books.
Palace hosts the Brukenthal Museum which includes the Art Gallery and the Exhibition of Ethnography and Folk Arts.
The Art Gallery was open for the public in 1817, seven years earlier than the National Gallery in London, with 1090 paintings from the collection of the Samuel Brukenthal, governor of Transylvania.
Today the Art Gallery, which is one of the richest in Europe, contains a number of 450 paintings belongings to the Flemish and Dutch schools, about 500 paintings representing the German and Austrian schools, and 200 Italian paintings in different styles starting with Renaissance.
The Romanian collection contains 1500 pieces, mostly signed by academic painters whose names are part of the national heritage.
The entire collection reaches the imposing number of 10,000 pieces.
Brukenthal's own collection, displayed on the second floor, comprises European paintings from the 15C - 18C. It is particularly strong in Dutch and Flemish paintings and scenes by Caravaggisti. Among many beguiling canvases are:
'Mary Magdalena reading her Bible in Prison' by Caracciolo (1578 - 1635)
'Winter Scenery' by Denis Van Alsloat
'Venus, Bachus and Ceres' by Abraham Janssen
'The Mocking of Christ' by Ludovico Carracci
'St. Catherine' by Francesco Fusini
'Rivaldo and Armini' by Stefano Torelli
Clock mechanism in the Evangelical Church
One of the things I recommend to do while at the Evangelical Church is to talk to the people there and to politely ask if you can attend the moment when the clock is winded up (like any mechanical watch).
You can climb into the tower and enter the place where is the mechanism of the clock, and you can see how it is "recharged".