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Surrounded by imposing walls, Sibiu's original fortifications included 39 defensive towers, five bulwarks, four gates and five artillery batteries.
Although the entire network is remarkably well-preserved, the best-maintained section is the southeastern side which has been reinforced several times throughout the centuries since attacks most often came from that direction.
The Great Square is the site of the Roman-Catholic church and the Brukenthal Palace, where you will find one of Romania's most important art collections.
The square is linked to the Little Square by a passage beneath the Council Tower, which is worth visiting for the excellent views over the town.
Over the years, the collections have been enriched through acquisitions and donations.
Throughout the centuries, the Council Tower served as a grain storehouse, a fire watchtower, a temporary prison and even as a museum of botany.This beautiful baroque structure with classical decorations was built between 17.The tower was attached to the nave in 1738 and one year later, a cross was seated on the top.In 1797, Samuel von Hahnemann opened in Sibiu the world's first homeopathic laboratory Sibiu is home to the first hospital in Romania (1292), the first pharmacy (1494) and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817 The first book in the Romanian language was printed in Sibiu in 1544 Traditionally, the Upper town was the wealthier part and commercial outlet, while the Lower town served as the manufacturing area.The historical centre includes the Great Square, Huet Square, the beautiful Passage of Steps connecting the upper town to the lower town, the well-known Bridge of Lies, Goldsmiths' Square and the Small Square.
The third square, Huet Square, is dominated by the Evangelical Cathedral.