Bridge of Lies (Podul Mincinosilor), Sibiu

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    Liars Bridge

    by Roadquill Written Jul 26, 2013

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    It is interesting hearing the stories of this bridge. That whilst standing on the bridge if you told a lie, the bridge would fall down....Local custom has lovers pledge vows of love on the bridge. Apparently many years ago miscreants would be tossed from the bridge. It is really not that long of a distance between the bridge and the road below. You would easily break something, maybe a few bruises, but one would have to be very unlucky to do more damage. In1859 the iron bridge replaced the wooden bridge. Sizewise, it is quite tame...maybe a ten yard span. It is decorated quite nicely and it is very important for the town.

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    LIARS BRIDGE

    by alyf1961 Written Jul 19, 2013

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    Liars bridge is a lovely little bridge over Strada Ocnei in Piata Mica (small square) in Sibiu.
    Ledend has it that if you tell a lie whilst on the bridge, the bridge will collapse. Young couples come here to tell each other they love each other. Brides and grooms regularly have their wedding photos taken on the bridge.
    This bridge, built in 1859, was the first iron cast bridge built in Romania.

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    Liars' Bridge

    by toonsarah Written Jul 17, 2013

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    If Sibiu were to have another symbol in addition to the Council Tower it would probably be this, the Liars’ Bridge. A pretty wrought iron footbridge that spans Strada Ocnei in the north east corner of the Lower Square, it would nevertheless be fairly unremarkable were it not for the legends attached to it.

    The Romanian name of the bridge is Podul Minciunilor which is more accurately translated as “The Bridge of Lies” but most English language descriptions refer to it as the Liars’ Bridge. The iron bridge was constructed in 1859 and replaced a wooden bridge of the same name which had stood here since 1771, and the legend attaches to both. It is said that anyone who tells a lie while standing on the bridge will cause it to crumble, and they will fall to their death on the stony street below. Our city guide, Adela, told us that it might be possible to get away with the telling of a small lie (maybe just a crack would appear in the fabric of the bridge) but not a major one. It is considered an appropriate spot for lovers to declare their affections, since their loved one will surely believe their protestations. Adela also told us that the city’s popular mayor regularly makes announcements from this bridge, so that the people will believe that he at least is that rare beast, a politician who does not lie!

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    Bridge of Lies

    by sachara Updated Jun 16, 2013

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    The Bridge of Lies or Podul Minciunilor is built in 1859. by Fredericus Hutte. It is also known as the Iron Bridge. The bridge is the first cast iron bridge of Romania. The bridge connects the Small Square (Piata Mica) and the Huet Square, where the Evangelic Parish Church is situated.

    There is no water under the bridge, but a steep street going down from the Upper City to the Lower City passes beneath the bridge. From the bridge is also a staircase going down to the street and Lower City for pedestrians

    The legend of the bridge is that it will make a screaking sound at every lie when you cross the bridge or even worse that the bridge will crumble down by the weight of a bigger lie.

    Bridge of Lies View from the Bridge to the street under View from the bridge to the Town Hall Tower View from the bridge to the Lower City Street under the Bridge of Lies
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    Bridge of Lies

    by TravellerMel Written Oct 31, 2012

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    Romania's oldest cast iron bridge, which replaced a wooden bridge in 1859. Our guide told us the bridge got its name from the legend that if you told a lie and tried to cross the bridge, you would die instantly. He jokingly said, since it is a popular place for young lovers, that many lies are told to try to get lucky... Regardless of the name and stories, it is a beautiful place to have your picture made. :-)

    On the Liar's Bridge, Sibiu
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    Old house at the Bridge of Lies

    by codrutz Updated Mar 31, 2012

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    This is the traditional house of Sibiu - it has those lovely so called 'eyes' on the roof, nice windows with blinds and flowers (German style), and the contrast is powerful between the roof and the yellow with white paint.

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    Bridge of Lies

    by codrutz Updated Mar 30, 2012

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    The metal bridge built in 1859 (oldest cast-iron bridge in Romania) in place of an older wooden bridge - its official name (though nobody knows that) is Liegende Brücke (lying bridge) - is one of the most visited landmark in Sibiu.

    On one side you can see in gold the year of its built and on the other side the blaxon of proud Saxons, two crosses swords, also in gold.

    The name Bridge of Lies has more than one story, I like the one that says that lovers goes to this bridge and ask their love, if one of them tells a lie the bridge will collapse :)

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    Podul Mincinosilor-Liars Bridge-Sibiu

    by adema29 Updated Jul 20, 2010

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    One of the top of the "must see" list in Sibiu is Podul Mincinosilor-Liars Bridge, a bridge built from wood before 1771 and re-built in forged iron in 1859. It was second bridge of this type in Europe, the first one in Romania.
    The most known "legend" about the name of the bridge, is that here was the place where all the young couples use to share promises. And, as we all know, not everybody can bring down the Moon for the loved one :)
    Another credible one is that in old times (not so old actually) the merchants who where cheating their clients were thrown off this bridge.
    Even if it was real or not, we can see the effects now. In Sibiu people are a bit different, their sincerity being specific for that area.

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    Liars' Bridge

    by iwys Updated Dec 11, 2007

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    Liars' Bridge, also known as Iron Bridge, was the first iron bridge in Romania. It connects the Upper Town to the Lower Town. Built in 1859, it got its nickname from the lower townspeople's mistrust of the upper townspeople on the other side of the bridge whom they believed were untrustworthy merchants or deceitful lovers bent on seducing their daughters.

    The bridge is at the northern end of Piaţa Mica and you can get a great view of it from the Council Tower.

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    Liar's Bridge

    by Dabs Written Jun 26, 2005

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    "I am the Easter Bunny"

    "I am Santa Claus"

    Like many tourists before us, we stood on the Liar's Bridge, and told and out and out lies, waiting for the bridge to collapse beneath us. I guess since I was standing on it that I can't say I was disappointed in the outcome as I really didn't want to plunge to my death.

    The bridge's nickname comes from the shifty merchants who met on the bridge to trade and the young lovers who met there declaring their undying love. The guidebooks both point out that Ceausescu managed to give a speech here without the bridge collasping so really what chance did we have of making it collapse???

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    There is a certain metal...

    by bluecat Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    There is a certain metal bridge named The Bridge of the Liars.
    It is unique by its legend. It is said that if you say a lie when you walk on this bridge then you will fall of it. It is a very high bridge raised over a road so ... I tell you you won't want to fall off this one!

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    Iron Bridge

    by flynboxes Written Jan 5, 2006

    Also know as "Liar's Bridge" because of the mechants that use to come here to trade. It over looks the lower part of the town which is a great place to go for a casual walk.

    The Bridge
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    Liar's bridge once more

    by Mr_Furious Written Jul 22, 2003

    The legend goes that if you tell a lie when standing on the Liar's bridge, it will collapse. I tried it out and said: 'I love all taxi drivers' . but it nothing happened. What a ripp-off.

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    The liar's bridge

    by Mr_Furious Written Jul 22, 2003

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    This bridge is officially called the Iron Bridge but everyone calls it the Liar's bridge. It originates from 1859 and makes up for one of the most prettiest sights in town.

    liar's bridge

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