Sibiu, the story of glorious past


At the beginning of the XX century, Sibiuwas a vibrant and modern city, a city well ahead of its time. It was the third city in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire that had electricity and the second to introduce electrical tram. Also, it was here that the first hospital and school in the empire were built. Sibiu, the story of a glorious past will try to bring you some of the most representative moments in the history of this city, essential for the evolution of the entire country.

Memorable moments in the history of Sibiu

The oldest written information about the landof Sibiudates back to 1191 and refers to the Teutonic colonies that dwelled in this region. Later on, a German ethnic group occupies part of Sibiu-“sasii”. It is in 1366 that the city is remembered in the pages of history under the name of Hermannstadt. Important economical and cultural center in Transylvania, Sibiu was the main headquarter of the first Romanian owned bank and of the Transylvania Association for Romanian Literature and Romanian’s People Culture. After the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Sibiu became part of Romania.

Symbolic Monuments

Sibiu, the story of a glorious past is not only reflected in the pages of history books but also in the monuments and locations that can be discovered every step of the way in Sibiu. Red Tower Castle, located in Boita, 22 km from Sibiu played an essential part against the Ottoman invasions. Legends say that the name of the Castle comes from the red walls painted in the Turkish blood. Another place where one can find out more about the evolution and the development phases of Sibiu is in museums. You should definitely make a stop at the History Museum, located in a XV th century building of the Old City Hall, where you can admire objects from medieval times and fine silverware collections. We cannot refer to the glorious past of this wonderful city without mentioning the main attractions in the old part of the city: the defense towers. In the XVI th century there used to be 39 defense towers and 4 gate towers. In the XIX th century most of the towers, defense walls and bastions were demolished. Today, Haller and Soldisch bastions and Harquebusiers’ Tower, Carpenters’ Tower, Potters’ Tower can be admired by tourists.

Former jewel of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire,Sibiustill stands as a witness of all the transformations that this part of the country suffered along the passing of time. Take your time and discover it as much as you can!

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