Huet Square, Sibiu
A huge chunk of Piata Huet is taken up with Sibiu's rather magnificent Medieval Evangelical cathedral.....Biserica Evanghelică din Sibiu...which dates from the 1440s. And which was closed for renovations (large-scale ones) when I visited, something which annoyed me intensely. :-(
The square itself dates at least from the late 12th century. It is named after one Albert Huet who in 1532, established a school library Like Piata Mica, the building line follows that of the original fortifications, so the square isn't really a square. It felt more like an oval to me.
Apart from the cathedral plonked in the middle of the small-ish square and dominating everything, around the edges you'll find the Turnul Scarilor (stairs tower) from which stairs (amazingly) lead down to lower Sibiu, a row of large mansions, an oldish building (the 'parish house') with a well-worn fresco above its entrance and the Brukenthal high school. there were originally two more towers but they were demolished in the 1800s.
The very pleasant Cafe Wien (see tip) is on the edge of the square, with excellent views over the lower town, and there are a couple of cafe/restaurants accessed from the passage under Turnul Scarilor.
The building now known as the House of the Apprentices or Casa Calfelor was formerly part of the defensive system. Its oldest part probably dates back to the 14th century. It has had its present-day name since 2007, the year when Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture. In that year this building was donated by the Evangelical parish of the city to the apprentices of its various guilds. These guilds go back to medieval times, when Sibiu had 19 in total. Today they work to preserve the old crafts, ensuring that some young people at least are trained in them, and I believe they put on demonstrations for tourists though we didn’t see anything on these lines. Outside the Apprentices’ House is the Apprentices’ Pillar. Here the apprentices traditionally add a tool or other symbol of their trade, as you can see in photo two.
The house is part of a larger building complex and adjoins the Parish House of the nearby Evangelical Church. This early 16th century part of the building has several notable features including a coat of arms (1502) and a rather faded fresco (see photo four).
Next tip: the Stairs Passage
The Huet Square or Piata Huet is one of the three connected squares in the centre of the old town of Sibiu. The Huet square is dominated by the Gothic Evangelical Cathedral with five towers. The church was built in 1520 on the site of an old Roman basilica.
Another important building at the square is the Samuel von Brukenthal Gymnasium. This is an old German school, dating back from 1380. It was the oldest school in Romania. The actual building was built in 1786 in the time of the Governor von Brukenthal.
At the Huet Square nr.3 is the Stair's tower, built in the 13th century. Here you can go from the Upper Town to the Lower Town. Walking around the church you have nice views at the Lower City from the terrace of café Wien.
The statue at the square is of George Daniel Teutsch, Bishop of Sibiu.
That small Square is located between the Lutheran Cathedral and few beautiful houses, with such a different architecture that shocks me.
In one side is the huge Gothic Cathedral and on the other side, few houses coming from different styles and cultures, from the traditional Romanian one to the “Casa Luxembourg”, unfortunately not so well preserved.
Huet Square is the third of Sibiu's town squares. It is dominated by the Evangelical Cathedral.
Another notable building is the Brukenthal High School, dating back to 1380 when it was the Old German School and oldest school in Romania. The current building was built in 1786 and was named after the Governor of Transylvania from 1777 to 1787, Samuel of Brukenthal. In front of the school is the nineteenth century statue of George Daniel Teutsch, Bishop of Sibiu.
Facing the north side of the cathedral at No 1 is the parochial house with a Gothic entrance of interlaced stone, carved in 1502 by Andreas Lapisida.
Is named after a saxon count who accompanied Michael The Brave, prince of Valachia in the battle against Ottoman Empire.Dominated by the Evangelic Cathedral it is surrounded by old ,gothic buildings.Beside the curch is The Defense Tower,from 13th century ,with an archway through wich can descend into Lower Town.In the night ,nothing give you any clue that is 21th century.