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Sibiu, Romania – Ancient City

“Everyone” told me over and over, “You must visit Sibiu!  It is so beautiful, historical.”  So, I arranged to fly to Sibiu on this last return trip.  I am so thankful that I chose to do that.

Sibiu  was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels  built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons. The Romanians call them Saas.  The riches amassed by its guilds paid for the construction of both impressive buildings and the fortifications required to protect them.

Sibiu’s Old Town retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. Like Sighisoara and Brasov, it has a distinctly Germanic feeling. Sections of the medieval wall still guard the historic area, where narrow streets pass steep-roofed 17th century buildings with gable overhangs before opening into vast, church-dominated squares such as Great Square and Little Square.

You history buffs and lovers of ancient beauty will especially enjoy this city of 170,000 which has been inhabited since 300 B.C.  I enjoyed meeting the Lee Skeltons, missionaries, who have a great program going helping people improve their English through World English Institute, and Let’s Start Talking!  They took us out to dinner at a cozy Romanian restaurant.   Stephanie Skelton escorted Adolf and me around the city.   Here are photos from that special day in my life —

One of the ancient gates of the city

Lee Skelton with Romanian businessman who is rapidly improving his English conversational skills

The Great Square escaped the ravages of WW II bombings

Memorial in the Great Square honoring the first man to die in the revolution against the Communist regime in 1989

Memorial in the Great Square - things are buried under this stone for future generations if I remember correctly.

Stephanie Skelton and Anne in front of the Catholic Church in the Great Square

A good highway led us out of town towards the north side of the Carpathian Mountains also known as the Romanian Alps

We drove alongside the Romanian Alps for more than an hour. Such an unbelievably beautiful sight - snow covered mountains 14,000 feet above sea level. And so, we bid farewell to Sibiu as we headed towards home - Sfantu Gheorghe, or Sepsiszentgyorgy, Romania

“The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame
Their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator’s powers display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty Hand.”

– by Joseph Addison

Be blessed.  — Anne

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