Photo Essay: The Architecture of Huet Square

The following is a guest post by Karl Barth, who recently returned from his first international trip to Romania!  If you have a travel story you want to share on Go Backpacking, please read our submission guidelines.

Sibiu is a 800 year old city located in the Transylvania region of Romania. Sibiu had many German immigrants settle there, which gives rise to Sibiu’s alternate name of Hermannstadt. Sibiu was originally a fortified city with a giant wall surrounding the original inhabitants to keep them safe from invaders.

I had the opportunity to photograph the architecture of Huet Square, which is one of three main squares in the city. It is surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and apartments.

On a weekday morning there were several people out, enjoying a coffee or breakfast in the square, as well as out shopping for some items.    There was a very relaxed, calming atmosphere in the square.   As if people were simply enjoying the sights, sounds, and aroma of delicious baked goods, without a care in the world.

Looking across Huet Square on a weekday morning.
Looking across Huet Square on a weekday morning.
Elaborately designed German/Hungarian style architecture surrounds Huet Square.
Elaborately designed German/Hungarian style architecture surrounds Huet Square.
Looking down one of the brick paved, pedestrian only streets off of Huet Square.
Looking down one of the brick paved, pedestrian only streets off of Huet Square.
View of the very old brick wall and wooden soldier walkway (on top of the brick) used to fortify the city against invaders.
View of the very old brick wall and wooden soldier walkway (on top of the brick) used to fortify the city against invaders.

Huet Square’s most prominent landmark is a 700 year old Evangelical Church named the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary. Construction was started in 1325 and is built in the Gothic style architecture. The 240 foot tall steeple is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. For a small fee, daily tours of the steeple begin at 10 AM.

The front of the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary.
The front of the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary.
The altar of the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary.
The altar of the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary.
The catacombs of the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary.
The catacombs of the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary.
The cathedral bells.
The cathedral bells.
Looking down on the city of Sibiu from the top of the steeple of the Evangelical Church.
Looking down on the city of Sibiu from the top of the steeple of the Evangelical Church.

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About the Author: Karl is a physicist and avid photographer who only recently decided to set out and explore the world with his camera. Catch more of his adventures at http://www.facebook.com/kbarth

Comments

  1. Florian Popesku says

    Dear Karl and Dave, my name is Florian Popescu, I’m from Sibiu and I would like to share some knowledge about my city … There are 3 squares in Sibiu … The Large Square (first two pictures), The Small Square (you have no pictures from there) and the Huet Square (where is situated the Lutheran Church of Saint Mary, pictures 5-7). The second picture shows a yellow building, which is the City Hall of Sibiu and the white house in the left side is the Brukenthal Museum. The third picture shows the pedestrian alley, which is an important shopping area in the historical center of Sibiu. The fourth picture, in the right side shows the wall of pottery guild (one of many other guilds existed in old Hermannstadt), and behind it, is the fortification wall. Between them there is a medieval green park with an alley, where old people sits on benches and young people hide their love from city’s bustle. I liked the way you described my city here and I wanted to share some things about it. If you ever come again in Sibiu, get in touch with me and I’ll recommend some interesting places from the old historic city or … I’ll show you myself the city. Great job and great pictures you’ve done with this post.

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