ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL - HOLY TRINITY
Favorite thing: Without a doubt, the ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL - HOLY TRINITY is one of Sibiu's gems.Built in the style of a Byzantine Basilica, work began on the Cathedral - Catedrala Ortodoxa - in 1902 and was completed in 1904. On December 13, 1904, the four bells were placed in the two main spires ( 43 meters high - 45 meters when you include the crosses).
The exterior is in red and yellow brick. The main entrance is through a portico with three semicircular doors. The outside dome is decorated with round mosaics portraying Jesus and four Evangelists.
The interior is absolutely beautiful. The iconostasis and dome shows Christ flanked by angels.
The Cathedral is located on Strada Mitropoliei 35.
We actually had a wonderful view of the two spires, from our hotel room window ( pic # 5 ).
LESSER SQUARE - PIATA MICA
Favorite thing: As its name says, the PIATA MICA or Lesser Square is smaller in size, being rather longer than wide. Its north-west side has a curved shape, unlike the Grand Square, which has an approximately rectangular shape.
The square is connected to the other two squares and to other streets by small, narrow passages. The main access from the Lower City is through Ocnei Street, which divides the square in two. The street passes under the Liar's Bridge - the first bridge in Romania to have been cast in iron (1859).
To the right of the bridge is another symbol of the city, The House of the Arts, a 14th-century arched building formerly belonging to the Butchers' Guild. On the left side of the bridge is the Luxemburg House, a Baroque style building.
Also located in the Lesser Square is the Franz Binder Museum.
Hans and I had dinner in this square a couple of times. It is much quieter here and there are lots of restaurants located here, like the LaTurn pictured here.
GRAND SQUARE - PIATA MARE
Favorite thing: The largest square of the city of Sibiu, is the GRAND SQUARE - PIATA MARE. Here you will find its most influential buildings. Brukenthal Palace lies on the north-western corner of the square. Next to the Palace, on the left, is the Blue House or Morringer House, an 18th century baroque house. To the right is Sibiu City Hall and the Jesuit Church. Next to the Jesuit Church on the north side, is the Council Tower, a former fortification tower from the 13th century. On the south and east sides are a variety of houses dating 15th to 19th centuries, most in the Renaissance or baroque in style. The wonderful yellow and peach colored Lutsch House now houses Volksbank.
The Square is also the site of Sibiu's many Festivals. While we were there a Film Festival was being held and a huge inflatable screen was set up for that.
There is also a children's splash pad in the middle of the square. It was wonderful to hear the sounds of the children as they squealed in delight when the water came out.
The Square also has many restaurants and terraces with umbrellas - a great place to eat and socialize.
Favorite thing: Located in Sibiu's Huet PLaza is the Gothic EVANGELICAL CATHEDRAL or Catedrala Evanghelica. Completed in 1520, its massive 73.34 meter high steeple is a city landmark. In 1803 Baron Samuel Von Brukenthal was laid to rest in the crypt.
The cathedral's organ is the largest in the southwestern region of Europe. Concerts are held every Wednesday night during the summer.
The cathedral is currently under renovations.
Favorite thing: We arrived in Sibiu around dinner time Monday night. I had absolutely no Romanian RON and I wanted some to pay for dinner. Banks were already closed, so I tried one ATM machine near our Hotel and apparently it was a local bank machine and did not work for me. So I went to another one across the street, a BANCPOST which accepted VISA and MASTERCARD and lo and behold it worked. I withdrew 200 RON, which I figured was about $60.00 CDN. (When I returned home and checked my bank statement, It cost me $62.18 or.3109 cents per RON.
Other alternatives to buy RON were the numerous EXCHANGE kiosks, which there was plenty of on the main commercial street of Nicolae Balcescu.
The Exchange Office pictured here offered the following rates:
As of June 17, 2013.
Buying: Euro - 4,418
USD - 3,278
Selling: Euro - 4,492
USD - 3.390
Art and culture
Favorite thing: Art and culture played an important role in Sibiu in the past and in the present. In 1514 the first book in the Romanian language was printed in Sibiu. In 1787 the Thalia Hall was built and became the first theatre of the country. Since 1817 Sibiu has also the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum.
Nowadays Sibiu has many cultural events like the Sibiu Jazz Festival, the International Theatre Festival, Folkloric Festivals of music and dance, a Carnival, a Film Festival, an Artmania Rock Festival and a Medieval Festival.
In 2007 Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture, an important milestone.
Fondest memory: In 2012 we were lucky to see in the streets performances of the Theatre Festival. Impressive costumes and acts.
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Favorite thing: When you walk in the old town of Sibiu you will notice sooner or later after some time that you are watched. Don't worry, this is not a warning and danger tip, but a architecture tip.
Look at the roofs of the traditional houses in the old city centre and very often you will see the so called 'eyes' at the roofs. These are windows, looking like eyes.
You can see these 'eyes' for example at the roofs of the houses at the south side of the Piata Mare or Large Square in the centre of the old town.
Colours of Sibiu
Favorite thing: Strolling through Sibiu is an intensely visual and colourful experience. We are not just talking the yellows and ochres of Mediterranean Europe here but a much more vibrant, rainbow effect. Blue, green, yellow, and even pink houses are not at all unusual and if you don't believe colour affects your mood, just wait and see how your spirits rise as you walk round Sibiu.
All these colourful facades are topped with roof tiles of varying shades and stand in streets with cobblestones of different tones, so all in all a definite feast for the eye. There are of course lots of different and much grander architectural styles in Sibiu, but on arrival, I think the colour and charm of the 'rainbow' houses, will be the first of many reasons that you will really come to love this place.
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Every time I go home,in Sibiu,...
Favorite thing: Every time I go home,I take a long walk in the Upper Town.Always something is changing.New colours,new details revealed by the restoration work. Just wandering...
I never feel alone because I`m watched by hundred eyes.So I feel protect
Fondest memory: I'll ever miss the bells sound heard early in tyhe morning in Piata Mare.
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Favorite thing: The most picturesque street in the Upper town remains Strada Avram Iancu (1556) which connects the Council Tower, in the Large Square, with the Ursuline Church. On this street is found the oldest residential house in the city, Casa Bobel, which keeps the same look for nearly 500 years.
The house at No. 9 has an arcaded court based on an Italian Renaissance design, and at the back of the yard you can still see the ruin of a defense tower.
Opposite, at 9, is the former residence of Brukenthal family with a wonderful arcaded courtyard.
Avram Iancu No 21 was the home of composer Gheorghe Dima (1874-1925) who wrote choral music inspired by Romanian folklore.
About halfway down Avram Iancu on the left is a steep passage, Pasajul Scolii (The School Passage), which brings you below the city walls into the rutted cobbles of Strada Movilei.
Strada Nicolae Balcescu (1492), the main street of the town, is today a pedestrian only shopping street lined with impressive buildings in Renaissance style.
It connects Piata Mare with the newly renovated Piata Uniri.
You can find here shops, a supermarket, cafes, restaurants and the 'Imparatul Romanilor' hotel and restaurant.
Corner with Piata Unirii stands an Art Deco building built at beginning of XX century.
The most important building on this street is at number 12, Michael Brukenthal Palace built after 1786.
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Favorite thing: Sibiu, also Saxon in origin, is a very pretty town, with cobbled streets and pastel colored houses. The open air Museum of Folk Technology in woodland by a lake is a "must" to visit, just as the Brukenthal Art Museum, while the town is well placed for excursions to mountain villages, such as Sibiel, where there is a fascinating museum of icons. Further away near Deva stands the Corvin Castle, rebuilt in the 15th century in Gothic style by Prince Iancu Corvin, who gave it a sumptuous Knights Hall and towers and buttresses that remind one of the Chateaux de la Loire.
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i like very much the Evangelic...
Favorite thing: i like very much the Evangelic Church and the sound of the orgue;in the summer,every wednesday,there are orgue concerts.Excelent.
Fondest memory: I miss the sound of the bells heared early in the morning in Piata Mare.
The city of Sibiu is the...
Favorite thing: The city of Sibiu is the most important city in the county. It is situated in the longitude of 24° 29' North and in the latitude of 45° 48’ East, near the geographical centre of Romania.
Set in the Cibin Depression, the city is near to Fãgãraº Mountains (about. 20 km), Cibin Mountains (12 km), and Lotrului Mountains (about 15km), which border the depression in the south-western part.
The north and east boundaries of Sibiu territory are settled by Târnavelor Plateau which descends to the Cibin Valley through Guºteriþei Hill.
Cibin river and some roads of national and international interest run through Sibiu which is also an important city for the railway transportation, being the meeting point of routes from east-west and north-south.
The surface of the city amounts to 12.163 hectares representing 2,2% of the county surface.
The climate here is temperate-continental with average temperature of 8,9° C. The lowest temperature (-31° C) was recorded on January the 4th 1929, whereas the highest (37,5° C) was recorded on July the 25th 1987.
The multi-annual average of precipitation is 662 l/mp, and the number of days of hard frost is about 120 / year.
Piata (pronounced piazza) Mare
Favorite thing: Sibiu was the principal Transylvanian Saxon town, established as a fortified town in the twelfth century by settlers encouraged by the Hungarian king, Geza. This is the Piata Mare (the Great Square), the largest of three in the city center. It is fronted all round by the renovated premises of sixteenth and seventeenth century merchants' homes, as well as the nationally famous Brukenthal Museum. (The early eighteenth-century Catholic Church is in the center of the picture.)
Just walk around in the...
Favorite thing: Just walk around in the historical center of the city. You will like this old city with bulding from the last centuries in the style of the old Austro-Hungarian empire. Just arround this old part of the cities you will notice the wall which was ment to protect the town in case of war.
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