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A picture story walk through the old town reminiscent of days gone by

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We start the trip with a view from the distance ...

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... and of bygone times. Some of the defence towers and fortresses are standing to this day.

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We encounter an impressive city ...

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... where past and the present meet.

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The Lesser Square inside the fortresses is one of the centrepieces of Sibiu.

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The upper and lower cities come together here.

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The Grand Square, historic centre of the old town.

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The Brukenthal Museum on the left, and the City Hall ahead ...

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... the entrance to the pedestrian zone ...

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... and the descent to the train station in the lower town.

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The Evangelic Church was built in the 14th century on the remains of a roman basilica
- still the tallest building in Transylvania.

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It was for centuries the established church of the Transylvanian Saxons,
who were the founders of Sibiu, and among the first professing Lutherans in Europe.

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The Council Tower separates the Grand from the Lesser Square. Built in the 13th century,
it was used to defend the 2nd fortress belt, as a granary, an observation posts, and a jail.

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The Lesser Square - with a café or restaurant in each house.

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The Liar's Bridge, Romania’s oldest cast-iron bridge built in 1859,
guarding the underpass into the lower town.

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The Liar's Bridge from below, with the Citizen's Stairway. There are some legends to the bridge:

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Crossed by a liar the bridge is said to start quaking,
and cheating merchants were supposedly thrown off the bridge.

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The Stairs Tower is the oldest construction preserved in Sibiu.
It is an access gate in the ancient city walls dating from the 13th century.

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Next to it, the Stairs Passage with the fortification wall to the left ...

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... and residential buildings from the 15th century to the right.

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A place for reflection and amazement ...

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... where hardly a thing has changed in 100 years.

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We follow another track in the city attacked by Huns, Tatars, Turks and Kurucs ...

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... and reach the 'Strada Cetatii' (fortress street) with the defense walls from the 14th and 15th centuries.

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The Carpenters’ Tower in the foreground, followed by the Potters’ Tower and the Gunsmiths’ Tower ...

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... named after the guilds that were responsible for their construction and defence.

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In painting, they looked more peaceful anno 1885.

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The Fat Tower with its multiple defensive storeys stands 25 meters outside the ramparts.
Today, it serves as a theatre.

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We leave the defence systems and fortified walls of the old town ...

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... and pass on to the simple quarters.

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As elsewhere in the world, not the nobles and bishops get to work ...

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... but the simple people ...

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... who still live here today.

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A neighboor has proudly aggrandized his entrance ...

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... but the eye of the painter is attracted by a more modest splendour.

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Around the corner we reach the centre of the lower town ...

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... arriving at Cibin Market, named after the river passing through the city.
Agricultural products are offered directly by the manufacturer ...

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... as well as fruits and vegetables, honey, pickled herbs, and bread from the wood stove.

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We leave the lower town via detour through the Strada Centumvirilor ...

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... welcoming this visitor in early spring ...

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... passing by the Metropolitan Cathedral 'Holy Trinity' ...

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... crossing the Huet Square ...

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... and finding ourselves back at the starting point, the Grand Square.

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Here the pedestrian zone Strada Nicolae Balcescu branches off.
Traditionally the main street for commerce and strolling ...

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... and in summer well visited by tourists from all continents ...

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... through no one would have anticipated that anno 1862.

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Slowly we approach the end of the tour.

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With particular appreciation ...
(oops - here the Clock Tower in Sighisoara has crept in)

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... of the ornate archways of Transylvanian craftsmanship ...

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... and a final visit to the Grand Square with the Roman Catholic Church ...

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... that may enjoy modern spectacles like this.
Here events take place almost daily during the summer. Rock concerts ...

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... or cabaret, such as by the outstanding artists of 'Le Bestiaire Etincelant - Cie Malabar' ...

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... or exhibitions of traditional crafts, such as the Roma-coppersmiths'.

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A last view of the event, and we leave Sibiu.

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But not without popping some pictures ...

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... of the ASTRA National Museum Complex in the Dumbrava-Forest on the edge of town.

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Here farmhouses, watermills and forges where rebuilt meticulously ...

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... and true to the original, thus salvaged from decay.

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Of course this place, too, inspired artistic contributions.

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We finish the trip at the fortified church of Cisnadioara, a simple 10-minute drive away.

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Towering on top of a 100m high rock cone it oversees the surrounding countryside ...

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... and is one of the oldest fortresses built by the Transylvanian Saxons in the XII century.

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Whoever indulges in this history-charged trip
will feel their everyday worries fade to insignificance.

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