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Although the inhabitants of Sibiu are largely (91% according to Wikipedia) Romanian Orthodox in their beliefs, it is the church of the minority Catholic population that dominates the city’s biggest square. The church dates from the 18th century and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. I had many opportunities to admire it from the outside, as I passed frequently through the square, but never managed to get a good look inside unfortunately. On the first occasion that I tried, Friday afternoon, it was closed, and on the second, Sunday morning, a Mass was in progress and I didn’t like to intrude on the worshippers. It seems that I missed seeing an important fresco depicting the Virgin and Child and some Hungarian stained glass of note, among other things no doubt. I did get to see and admire one small window near the entrance (see photo three). There are some photos of the interior and its stained glass on the website below if you’re like to see more.
Various bits of restoration work were in progress at the time (June 2013) and most interesting to see was the replacement of the copper onion dome roof of the main tower (see photo two). I was fascinated to see the workmen high above the square (what views they must have had!) and also the contrast between the dull green of the old copper and the metallic gleam of the new.
To the right of the church is the former Jesuit Seminary, now the Parish House (on the right in photo four). This was built in 1739 on medieval foundations, the 1466 house of the guild of tailors.
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The Jesuits, a religious order of the Catholic Church founded by Ignatius of Loyola, built this church between 1726 and 1733. The altar is decorated with a fresco depicting the Virgin Mary with Jesus. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, (the father, the son and the holy ghost).
After Sibiu obeyed the reform laws there were no Catholic churches in the town for over a century, only Evangelic churches. At the end of the 17th century, when Transylvania was annexed to the Austro-Hungarian empire, a small Catholic community developed. They built a Catholic church with the help of Jesuit monks.
The church was sanctified on September 13th 1738. The tower which was being repaired whilst we were there was built in 1738. The clock has two faces, each one facing a square. Piata Mare and Piata Mica. These clocks were added in 1838.
This beautiful church dominates the large square (Piata Mare).
The Catholic Church was built between 1726 and 1733 as a Baroque Church. I was surprised to find such a nice church in Romania, where the Baroque is not found so often.
The most impressive elements are the stained glasses (made in Budapest in 1901), the Mary and Child fresco (painted in 1777 the Austrian painter Anton Steinwald) and the small church organ (built in 1860, by Karl Hesse in Vienna).
The Tower was added later, in 1738, finishing very well the general Baroque assembly.
Anyway, that building is very well framed by the other two buildings, the Parochial House and City Hall.
Roman Catholic Cathedral
Sibiu's beaqutiful Roman Catholic cathedral was built between 1726 and 1733 in baroque style. The tower was attached to the nave in 1738. The complete renovated interior is magnificent with its gold-laced walls and colorful ceiling frescoes.
On the southern wall of the choir is the stone grave of Otto Ferdinand de Abensberg, commander of Transylvania between 1744 and 1747. The stained - glass windows were made in Budapest in 1901 and the painting of the nave was done by Ludwig Kandler in 1904.
I went to a Sunday morning service here and the interesting thing was it was conducted in German.
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The Catholic Church - Interior
With its gold-laced walls and colourful ceiling frescoes the interior is totally renovated. Intricate stone carvings cover much of the nave and the side altars and colonnades of pink marble.
Inside the church is the stone grave of Otto Ferdinand de Abensberg, commander of Transylvania between 1744-1747.
Organ recitals are usually held once a week.
The Catholic Church
The Catholic Cathedral was built between 1726 and 1738 in a baroque style with classic decorations.
The tower was attached to the nave in 1738 and one year later a cross was seated on the top.
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