Sibiu, Romania (21st of January 2006)

Saturday 21st of January 2006

I was up early in my empty hostel. No travellers, no staff. The place was empty. I just left my backpack where it was and walked to where the old city fortifications were.





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. Multiple rings were built around the city, most of them out of clay bricks. The south-eastern fortifications are the best kept, and all three parallel lines are still visible. The first is an exterior earth mound, the second is a 10-meter-tall red brick wall, and the third line comprises towers linked by another 10-meter-tall wall. All structures are connected via a labyrinth of tunnels and passageways, designed to ensure transport between the city and lines of defense.

In the 16th century more modern elements were added to the fortifications, mainly leaf-shaped bastions. One of these survived to this day, as the Haller Bastion {all the way down Coposu Boulevard).

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. Multiple rings were built around the city, most of them out of clay bricks. The south-eastern fortifications are the best kept, and all three parallel lines are still visible.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. Multiple rings were built around the city, most of them out of clay bricks. The south-eastern fortifications are the best kept, and all three parallel lines are still visible.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

I had a nice walk around town and I also on the net for an hour (15,000 lei). I went to the train station yesterday to change my ticket to Sighisoara to today and found that I lost it so I had to buy a new one, but luckily it was only 60,000 lei or so. I planned to go to Sighisoara (via Medias) for 65,000 Lei. It left at 1.03pm and arrived in Medias at 14.32. The train to Sighisoara was due to leave Medias at 15.49 and arrive in Sighisoara at 16.25pm. That was the plan anyway.

I walked the city some more. It did look quite beautiful with the snow and blue skies. It was cold but not bitterly so. I went and paid 5,000 to climb the church in the main square in order to get a better view of the city (Turnul Sfatului)..





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. Its also very, very pretty! a deserted street early moening. The snow is starting to get mushed up and brown.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. You can see the Lutheran church in the background.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. You can see the Lutheran church in the background.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. You can see the Lutheran church in the background.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. You can see the Lutheran church in the background.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. An overview shot of the main square.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. Shot of the main square.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe. You can see the Lutheran church in the background.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size





Sibiu, Romania

Taken on the 21st of January 2006

The city of Sibiu was one of the most important fortified cities in Southeastern Europe.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

I headed back to the hostel around 12.20am and got my bag. I just left the keys there. The train I was taking was Personal and it was packed full. Hundreds of people all stuffed in. The thing with these “Personal Trains” is that thry stop every five minutes at small vilalges. You get the scenario, the train stops and you look out on the snow covered landscape and there nothings – just 50/60 people heading off down a road and you may see a vilalge or church spire in the distance. Pretty weird but some of these small towns (old Saxon forts) look beautiful. Wish I had more time.