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Nov-2014

Sibiu – Cisnadie – Cisnadioara – Rasinari – Sibiel

 

Sibiu – Cisnadie – Cisnadioara – Rasinari – Sibiel – by foot and by car (6 hours)

Highlights: Old Town of Sibiu  with all the main atractions ( Big Square, Small Square, Huet Square,Orthodox Cathedral, Lutheran Church, Catholic Church, Council Tower ,Liars Bridge and others),  Csinadie fortified church, Cisnadioara fortified church,  Rasinari village, Sibiel village – The museum of painted glass icons.

Discover the old medieval town and the city’s surroundings traveling in a confortable car while learning about the secrets of the civilizations that coexisted here . In this tour you will see some of the most representative sites for the saxon and romanian culture.

After a walk tour in the hearth of medieval city of Sibiu we will drive short distance ( 10 km ) to  visit the small town of Cisnadie(Heltau) which is placed at the foot of the Magura Mountain, in a picturesque area, with lawns, fields and forests scattered around.

In the centre of the town stands the Fortified Church, with strong walls, erected by the Saxons after the Tartar, and especially after the Ottoman invasions, in the 13th and 15th century respectively. The Church is one of the most telling buildings of defensive architecture in the Sibiu area, alongside the old church of Cisnadioara, just 5 km away form Cisnadie .

Cisnadioara boasts the oldest architectural monument built in a genuinely Romanesque style in Transylvania, namely the Saint Michael Church.

Initially, the Fortified Church belonged to the Saxon prepositure in Sibiu set up in 1188-1191.The Saint Michael Church is typical of the Saxon basilicas built in the vicinity of Sibiu and is one of the few Saxon fortifications built prior to the Tartar raids in 1241.

From here we will drive  about 15 km to the historic region called “Marginimea Sibiului”( Sibiu suroundings) one of the oldest and well preserved areas of romanian pastoral civilisation.

Marginimea Sibiului makes up a universe of a unique charm. It includes over 18 Romanian settlements located west to Sibiu – a cradle of the Saxon civilisation – at the foot of the Cibin Mountain, on an area of 1200 sq. km. These villages are a real testimony of the Romanian cultural identity in this region. Since old times the inhabitants, predominantly shepherds by profession, built wooden houses with shingled roofs and at the same time they were and still are great masters in manufacturing wool and leather made goods . We will have the chance to taste traditional dairy products straight from autenthic farmers from Rasinari and Sibiel . Here we will visit the place of birth of Emil Cioran,Romanian philosopher and essayist and the Museum of painted glass icons .Painting on glass has been a tradition for centuries in these villages. In 1968, the founder of the museum, priest Zosim Oancea, started to collect 18-th and 19-th century icons richly painted on glass. Today, the museum exhibits the largest collection of painted glass icons in Europe – more than 700, as well as furniture and ceramics.

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