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About Sibiu

Sibiu's beauty, cultural significance and historical allure has made it famous far beyond the Romanian borders, every year, numerous visitors being drawn by its charm.

For hundreds of years, this walled town in the heart of Transylvania was one of the most powerful and prosperous strongholds in Europe.

Today, the city's most significant historical attractions are, perhaps, its towers. Sibiu's original fortifications included 39 defensive towers, five bulwarks, four gates and five artillery batteries, which are remarkably well-preserved today, the best-maintained section being the southeastern side which has been reinforced several times throughout the centuries, since attacks most often came from that direction.

Its 15th century towers - Harquebusiers' Tower (Turnul Archebuzierilor), Carpenters' Tower (Turnul Dulgherilor) and Potters' Tower (Turnul Olarilor) - have withstood the test of time, presenting themselves today, as impossive and as authentic as in the city's bygone era.

The Upper Town (Orasul de Sus), The Great Square (Piata Mare), Roman-Catholic Church (Biserica Romano-Catolica), the Council Tower (Turnul Sfatului), Brukenthal Palace (Palatul Brukental), The Little Square (Piata Mica), Huet Square (Piata Huet), The Lower Town (Orasul de Jos), Brukenthal Museum (Muzeul Brukenthal), and the Emil Sigerus Saxon Ethnographic Museum, are only a few of the city's major attractions, that should not be missed, when visiting.

What Sibiu has to offer visitors cannot be presented in a few paragraphs, and, the experience of visiting the city cannot be described in words. Sibiu is a mix of culture and history, a perfectly balanced blend of old and new that gives justice to the statement that Sibiu is one of Romania's most idyllic, cultural and historical cities.

Did you know that:

- The world's first homeopathic laboratory was opened in Sibiu, in 1797, by Samuel von Hahnemann?

- Sibiu is home to the first hospital in Romania (1292), the first pharmacy (1494) and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817?

- The first book in the Romanian language was printed in Sibiu, in 1544?