Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sibiu, Romania

Street view, Sibiu

Sketching is interesting in Sibiu, for the variety of forms, and the cacophany of different visual, signs, buildings, rooftops, roof "eyes", and different architectural styles. Sibiu grew over the last 1000 years, and some sources say Sibiu was inhabited since the late stone age......... for perhaps 50,000 years. With all of this time, and with other such civilizations to follow...Dacian, Roman, German, and current, Sibiu has evolved as an architectural form to show the mixture of elements over time, sometimes visually contradictory. It is exactly this contradictory visual history that makes Sibiu beautiful.

Piata Mica, Sibiu

The road leading to the Piata entrance is part of the architecture of the Piata. The road is actually sunken below the level of the terrace, which forms part of the Piata promenade, a zone of cafes and umbrellas and people sitting out to have coffees and food. The road is bordered by large brick walls that give the road a human feeling that makes it part of the pedestrian area.

looking the other way, the road makes a few curves that form the plaza above, with a cast iron bridge crossing over the road. The bridge is called the "Podul Mincunilor" (The Liar's Bridge).... historically because of the hagglers in the market that used to be close by.... but reliable sources say that nowadays it's called the Liar's bridge, because this is where the guys in Sibiu take their girlfriends on romantic nights to tell them sweet whispers.

Piata Mica, Sibiu, Podul Mincunilor

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