The beauty of Sibiu’s baroque style architecture and lined cobblestone roads will draw you in and in every corner of this quaint city.
You can’t miss the Brukenthal Palace, the three main squares, the various churches or the Fortress Street, but without some further reading you might miss the magic of centuries of history. It’s their stories that make them as spectacular as they are today.
The Fine Flemish Art Collection at Brukenthal Palace
A stunning late Baroque construction built at the end of the 18th century by Samuel von Brukenthal, former governor of Transylvania.
The palace has been hosting one of the finest European (and mainly Flemish) art collections since the beginning of the 19th century. Built on four levels, the collections include various themed European exhibitions, the former rooms organized by the governor, the library, the cabinet of curiosities, the Anatolian carpets collection and, of course, the Romanian artists exhibitions. Get time enough and explore the museum: https://www.brukenthalmuseum.ro/site/en
The City with the Three Squares
The Big Square, the Little Square and the Huet Square – they are the three main hubs of Sibiu during the centuries where the whole community would gather.
The Big Square was the place where the most important members of the community used to live. Among the most famous buildings, you will notice the palace of the governor Samuel von Brukenthal (the Art Museum), the Town Hall (an imposing Art Nouveau building) and the Roman Catholic Church (a 18th century baroque construction).
The Little Square was the place where the representatives of the guilds used to live, a commercial place in the Middle Ages. Notice the colorful buildings with the arches at the ground floor, high roofs and curios eye-windows. Have a visit up in the Council Tower and enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the surroundings. Step confidently on the Liars’ Bridge, the symbol of Sibiu and its lovers.
The Huet Square is dominated by the imposing Lutheran Church, the oldest in town (finished in 1520s). Recently restored, the church is a real Gothic masterpiece, so it deserves a thorough visit including the lapidarium area (tomb stones exhibition) and the clock tower. Near the church you’ll notice the Journeymen House, a place where, especially during the summer, you can meet lots of journeymen coming to practice their profession from different countries in Europe.
A City of Religious Pluralism
Due to its various ethnic groups and multiculturalism, Sibiu has always been a cradle of cultures and civilizations, a tolerant religious community. Hence, depending on the eras, different cult constructions were erased.
Have a stroll in the old town and explore the diversity of these amazing constructions which still remain: the Lutheran Gothic Church, the Baroque Roman-Catholic Church, the Byzantine Orthodox Cathedral, the Baroque Franciscan Church, the Baroque Reformed Church, the Baroque Greek-Catholic Church, and the Synagogue with a mix of Neo-gothic, Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Romanesque elements. A true gem from the past that we are privileged to keep its history alive.
Fortress Street – "the Most Beautiful Street in Sibiu"
One of the best-preserved parts of the former medieval fortress, the Fortress Street has also been named one of the “most beautiful streets in Sibiu”. Have a relaxing walk along the walls of fortification, the bastions, the Thick Tower (today, the Philharmonic of Sibiu), the Natural History Museum, the defensive towers and the lovely park with its walk of fame.