Piata Mare. Plaza in Sibiu, Romania

Piata Mare

Plaza in Sibiu, Romania

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Piata Mare

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Inhabited for almost 1,000 years, this area will charm tourists with beautiful monuments and natural wonders alike.
From any directions you come to the town, you cannot miss Piata Mare because all roads get there. Since its foundation, it retained its position as center of the city. During medieval times people used to organize fairs and demonstrations, nowadays most of the cultural and sport events take place here.

History

Piata Mare is the historical center of Sibiu, it was first mentioned in 1411 as a grain market. However, it dates since 1366, once the city’s third row of fortification was finished. Starting with the 16th century, Piata Mare became the center of the old town. For hundreds of years it was known as “Der Grosse Ring” or “Grosser Platz”, during the war it was known as “Piata Regele Ferdinand”, while communists called it “Piata Republicii”; only after 1990, when the communist regime ended did it regain its original name.

Features

This is Sibiu’s most important and famous place to visit and there is plenty to see: on its sides they lie, only reached by rain and snow, the medieval noble houses, along with another characteristic symbol of the city, Palatul Brukenthal, the place where Eastern European art had its inception.

Casa Haller

Casa Haller, located at no. 10, is rich in renaissance elements, has a gothic house with a tower in the courtyard. Its owner, Duke Petrus Haller von Hallerstein, a descendant of the Nuremberg (Wikipedia Article) patrician merchants, managed to keep the building for over 345 years.

Palatul Brukenthal:

Palatul Brukenthal, located at no. 4, is the former residence of the ex-governor of Transylvania, Baron Samuel von Brukenthal (Wikipedia Article). Palatul Brukenthal is one of the most important baroque monuments in Romania and it was built at the end of 18th century.

Casa Albastra

Located at no. 5 in Piata Mare, near Palatul Brukenthal, Casa Albastra dates from the 15th century, but the present name was given in 1819. It was the seat of the Law Academy, later becoming (between 1858 and 1862) the seat of the Society of Natural Sciences.

Casa Generalilor

Casa Generalilor was the seat of the Judiciary and later on it became the home of General Command of the Austrian troops in Transylvania.

Casa Artelor

Casa Artelor, also known as “Casa Macelarilor” because during old times most of the butcher shops were hidden here, is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Sibiu.

Casa Hecht

Casa Hecht, located at no. 8, belonged to one of the ancient Hermannstadt (Sibiu) mayors, Georg Hecht, and it was also the town’s first money plant.

Casa Lutsch

Casa Lutsch was always the perfect place to host the senior officials who were visiting Sibiu. At numbers 2 and 3 are the church and the parsonage and also the first seminary of Sibiu, where among other notable personalities, studied Gheorghe Lazăr (Wikipedia Article), a big icon of the town.

Casa Weidner-Reussner-Czekelius

Casa Weidner-Reussner-Czekelius, located at no. 16, bears the name of its subsequent owners, who had a big influence on the building’s fine architecture.

Two other important buildings that lie in Piata Mare should be mentioned, Casa Altemberger-Pempfliger, which is located on Mitropoliei Street, is the most important gothic building in Romania, where for nearly centuries (1550 – 1947) had been located the City Hall. Moreover to this, Hotel Imparatul Romanilor, situated on Nicolae Balcescu Street, the old inn which was formerly named “Steaua Albastra”, was born in 1555 and in 1773 was visited by one of the greatest personalities in Europe, the German Emperor Joseph II.

Sibiu Christmas Market

Sibiu Christmas Market brings the town to life each year, with street performances, Christmas carols, and live music. It’s an event worth watching, especially for little children who want to feel Christmas close to their hearts.

Sibiu Easter Market

Sibiu Easter Market is organized every year in Piata Mare and contributes actively to keep Easter traditions alive. Chocolate decorations, hand-carved objects, and traditional painted eggs are exhibited every year in order to keep all generations updated.

How to Get There

As mentioned above, Piata Mare is located in the heart of the town, which is very compact, and can easily be reached either on foot or by car. However, the best way to explore the town’s center is walking around. Although it is very welcoming, Piata Mare can also be crowded sometimes, so tourists should make sure that they are endowed with patience.

Similar and Nearby Landmarks

This beautiful square lies only a couple of meters from other major objectives, such as Piata Huet and Podul Minciunilor. Other stunning town squares in Europe include Place Stanislas (Wikipedia Article) in Nancy, Old Town Square in Prague, and Grand Place in Brussels.

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Author: Iuliana. Last updated: Feb 27, 2015

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