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The unbeatable parisian brunch
Brasserie Maison Rouge is a new place based in Châtelet. Everything is homemade and fresh. The service is very good. I recommend this place for a brunch on Sundays (from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM). It's a self-service buffet, 29 Euros, which is an excellent value for money. One advice: book in advance, it's usually full!
Paris, France
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Castle of Versailles
Palace of Versailles is one of the largest and most opulent castles in the world. With over 2,100 windows, 1,250 fireplaces and 67 staircases, the Versailles castle is one of the most visited attractions in France. Being a perfect example of French art of the 18th century, this historic building is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for more than 30 years. The castle was the official residence until 1789, and has since been regarded as an unofficial residence. Known as the " Cradle of Liberty " , the Palace of Versailles was the place where the population of Paris has expressed dissatisfaction with King Louis the 14th , forcing the royal family to leave behind the decadent life and move in the real capital of France, Paris. In visiting the Palace of Versailles there are several points that should not be missed, although the entire ensemble is really special. The Queen’s apartment has 4 rooms and each was occupied by the each queen, the last one being Marie Antoinette. It underwent many changes that explain the multitude of apartment styles in contrast with the king’s apartment. In this apartment, the queens have lived outside the public life (all the kings’ children were born in the big bedroom). The King's apartment, redecorated several times, was last painted between 1671 and 1681 and represents planets revolving around Apollo, God is represented by the sun (emblem of King Louis XIV) in Greek and Roman mythology. The apartment has 7 rooms, each room with a view or: buffet, games, dance room, billiard room during celebrations given by the king. Hall of Mirrors, 73 meters long, 10.5 meters wide and 12.3 meters high, has painted on the ceiling several scenes from the life of King Louis XIV from when he began his reign in 1661 and until in 1678 when it was the treaty of peace of Nijmegen. The King used to walk through this room every day on his way to the chapel and the apartment. The hall was used to host large receptions, royal weddings and meetings between ambassadors.
Paris, France
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Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia is one of the most important symbols of Istanbul and one of the most special masterpieces in the universal architecture. Above all, visitors of Istanbul city come here from far away to visit Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is at the same time, one of the prominent symbols of the city and one of the most important structures of world architecture. Its character as a symbol of good taste led to ostentatious, makes Hagia Sophia an imperial masterpiece. At the time it was built, it had no equal; no similar building was like it. With this in mind, it is clear that the greatness of the building was meant to inspire, primarily awe. Hagia Sophia was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian I. Even if it is a Byzantine structure, Hagia Sophia is, however, a typical example of traditional roman architecture. When it was built, Hagia Sophia was like no other structure that had ever been built and the architectural dimensions were not outweighed by another building for a millennium. While Hagia Sophia overwhelms her visitors with its greatness from the era in which it was built, the original purpose of the structure was to induce the sensation that something like this can be done only with divine help. Therefore, Hagia Sophia is at the same time, a symbol of medieval mysticism. Even if the initial name was indeed Hagia Sofia, its origin was often confused with Saint Sophia. In fact, the name Sophia, which also applies in the case of Ayasofya, is not the name of a Saint,but the name of the second member of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Wisdom (or Spirit). This is why the church is now known as Hagia Sophia. During the first period of its existence it was known by the Byzantines, under the name "the Giant Church" (Megale Ekklesia). It becomes known as the Ayasofya after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. Hagia Sophia suffered significant damage in several rows, since it was built. The most serious of these occurred during the Fourth Crusade. On May 29, 1453, when Constantinople fell, Fatih Sultan Mehmet went straight to the Hagia Sophia and commanded its transformation into a mosque. Hagia Sophia is a magnificent imperial artifact. The "Imperial Gate" is in the center of the entrance towards the museum inside the court. A mosaic panel which was completed in the Ninth Century is just above this door. Portraits of the Virgin Mary and Archangel Gabriel are found on each side of this mosaic. The most impressive characteristic of the Hagia Sophia is, undoubtedly, the fantastic dome, which seems to hover in the air over the entire building. The dome’ s walls and ceiling are covered with multi-colored marble and mosaic. The 107 columns that we find both on the first floor and at the mezzanine, are examples of the decorative arts of the Byzantine Empire in the sixth century. The wide columns that were specific to that era blend nicely with the shadows and the light inside. In the middle of these columns is found the imperial monogram. Hagia Sophia continued to exist as a mosque in the Ottoman period and was the focus of all the sultans, who contributed in their turn with unique exhibits of Ottoman culture. This way, the building remains even today a masterpiece, depicting the influence of both cultures and religions. The tombs found in Hagia Sophia, with their interior decorations of sandstone, are examples of traditional Ottoman design graves.
Istanbul, Turkey
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London Eye
London Eye is one of the most famous giant wheels in the world. It is situated in London, UK, on the south bank of the Thames River that is also known for a famous bridge - London Bridge. Initially, the wheel wanted to be the biggest in the world but currently is the 3 rd one, after Nanchang and Singapore. London Eye is known in Britain under several names, in 1973 when it was inaugurated, received the official name British Airways London Eye and then took the name Millennium, in 2011 was named EDF Energy London and the name known worldwide remained London Eye. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world and the most popular paid tourist place in the UK. Every year this place is visited by approximately 3.5 million people. London Eye, or Millennium Wheel, is a giant observation wheel, located in London, the South Bank of the River Thames. The entire structure has a height of 135 m and the wheel diameter is 120 m. London Eye is an architectural marvel that imprints in the minds of tourists the banks of the River Thames in London, it is a popular tourist attraction in the travel itinerary of any visitor to the British capital. The idea of building the London Eye came to a couple of architects - David Marks and Julia Barfield. They have imagined the idea of ​​a Ferris wheel where people can enjoy a beautiful view of London. The London Eye project was funded by British Airways and the Tussauds Group. Today it is owned by Merlin Entertainments Group, which is the parent company of Tussauds Group. The official name of this magnificent structure is Merlin Entertainments London Eye. London Eye had the official opening ceremony on the 31 st of December 1999 under the leadership of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, but was opened to the public only in March 2000. Since opening in 2000, the London Eye has become a symbol of London, visited by over 3.5 million tourists annually. Designed by a team of architects husband and wife, David Marks and Julia Barfield , this impressive engineering accomplishment had began its career as the Millennium Wheel , a symbol of the 20th century’s ending and the beginning of the 21st century and was sponsored by the Tussauds Group, also the owner of the Madame Tussauds Museum and British Airways. The wheel offers an excellent view of London, on a clear day the visibility is about 40 km. In the evening, from the London Eye, the capital has a spectacular image. The observation cabins provide full visibility in all directions. A cabin capacity is of 25 people. The ride takes 30 minutes. It moves about 10 inches per second and that is why passengers can enter and leave the capsule without stopping. If you didn't have the opportunity to see these capsules in reality, it is good to know that there are 32 capsules attached to the giant wheel, all with air- conditioning and they are spacious enough so that people can stand inside, they can move around and take pictures of the panorama. London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in Europe, and third worldwide after Singapore Flyer (165 m height) and Star of Nanchang (160 m height).
London, United Kingdom
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The beauty of Bali
If you want to discover "the paradise of the world", Bali is an island, very green, accentuated by the numerous rice fields that are covering a part of the island. The Bali island belongs to Indonesia and is famous for the tropical beaches and volcanic beauty with the huge palm trees and flowers. Hes original art, completes the landscape through sculpture, painting, dance and ceremonies dedicated to the gods. Bali combines the image of a tropical island with sun, sand and sea with the bustle of the restaurants, bars and shops. Here you will find blue lakes, very deep, surrounded by green pastures, lakes of volcanic origin, because Bali is a volcanic island. Some volcanoes, are still active. Everywhere around you'll discover a huge sea of flowers. In every place you will go, you should not go more than a few meters, you will come across flowers. Most of the flowers appear, open and fall over several days. The Balinese people use the flowers as gifts for the gods. If you wake up in the morning and you will take a walk on the city streets you will see how all the inhabitants put in front of the house, of their shops or offices, a basket woven of the banana leaves filled with flowers. This are gifts to the gods, gifts meant to bless their day. Among the natural attractions of Bali are the vast fine sand beaches, the quick rivers, the sacred caves and the lush tropical forest. The cultural heritage of the island is visible everywhere - over 20,000 temples and palaces, many festivals and ceremonies, which combines theater, music and dance. Despite the globalization, the inhabitants are simple people who even if they found the technology, they proudly continue to dress in their traditional clothes and continues undisturbed their ceremonies more or less religious. • When you can go in Bali The best period to visit Bali is from May to October, when it is the dry season and when is a great chances of sun. • Public transport The public transport is practically nonexistent. The most common means of transport are the taxi for tourists and the scooters for the islanders. Even so, the prices are very reasonable. • The money in Bali Here and there you can pay in US dollars or Australian dollars, but it is best to pay in the Indonesian rupee. There are exchange offices everywhere, and you can change dollars and euros, but also you can take money from ATMs • The prices Prices are very low. You can negotiate the prices for absolutely any product or service you want. You can get lower prices with 40-60%. Only the prices in the supermarkets are fixed. • The food The food is very good and cheap. Nasi goreng, the translation for fried rice, is the Indonesian national dish and season with chicken or sea food. On the second place, among the favorite foods in Bali is me goreng, the variant with frying noodles. Soto ayam is a traditional chicken soup cooked with eggs, vegetables and spices. You must also try Sate - pieces of meat on bamboo sticks. In matters of drinks you must try the rice wine and fruit juices. Coffee lovers should know that here in Bali you can find Kopi Luwak, the most expensive and finest coffee in the world. My advice: eat in restaurants frequented by tourists and avoid buying the prepared food from the street merchants. • The trips It is recommended that you make the trips with a guide who also has a car. Why? Because the roads are very small, and the traffic is very chaotic. My advice: enjoy the beautiful landscapes, and do not look at the drivers! • Visiting the temples You can visit temples only if you wear the sarong (including men). My advice: to save some money, I recommend you to buy the sarong (are very cheap), it's pointless to rent them from every temple, will cost you much more • The handicrafts from Bali In Bali each village had his craft. Here you will find: stone carving, wood carving, creating jewelery, etc. If you want to learn some crafts from the island, you can subscribe to the classes and you can keep the products created by you. • Touristic atractions Do not miss the beautiful attractions and tours as: Kintamani Volcano Tour, The "Mother Temple", Bedugul Tour, North Bali Tour, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot Tour or Handicraft Villages and Ubud Tour. • Traditional Balinese Dance Most of the dance performances are kept in the evening, but you can see the Barong dance in the morning shows. The most representatives traditional dances are: • Barong - this dance is a representation of the struggle between the forces of chaos and destruction (Rangda) and those of order (the Barong) • Legong - very stylized and difficult dance, performed by young girls. It has a choreography that takes account of many details and not allow improvisation • Kecak - ritual dance, created in 1930 by Walter Spies. It impresses by a very large chorus (up to 100 singers). • The Dance of Fire - is a dance of exorcism of the evil forces - the girls are dancing barefoot through hot coals. • Ramayana - this dance is performed at various ceremonies • Wayang Kulit - is a puppet show in which the audience see only the shadows. The themes of the representations are inspired from myths and legends. The shows can take several hours, during which a puppeteer controls hundreds of dolls. • Souvenirs As souvenirs I would recommend you the famous Indonesian coffee, the natural teas, the spices, the silk scarves, silver jewelrys, the frames decorated with banana leaves and wood carvings. You can find all this to merchants with which you can negotiate.
Denpasar, Indonesia
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Berlin's wall - Germany
The beautiful Berlin Wall, which divided the city into two parts, east and west, was a symbol of the Cold War. The German Democratic Republic government built the wall to prevent the East Germans to to escape in the West Germany. A big part of it was demolished ever since the border between East and West was opened in 1989. After the World War II, Germany was divided into four zones: one American, British, French and Soviet. Berlin was also divided into four sectors. In 1948, the Soviet authorities tried to annex the entire city and started a blockade of the western sectors. But the plans have failed due to the air transport sectors in the West and in May 1949 the blockade was lifted. In the same year Germany became the Soviet GDR - German Democratic Republic with its capital in East Berlin. The other zones became West Germany - German Federal Republic with its capital in Bonn. The western part of Berlin became an enclave surrounded by East Germany. Until 1961 the Germans from East Germany could move freely between East Berlin and the West until in 1961 when up to 20,000 East Germans were fleeing each month to West Berlin. On August 12, 1961, the East German authorities decided to close the border with the Western sectors of Berlin to prevent people to escape. Officially, this measure was an anti fascist protective barrier designed to keep the East against the West German aggression. The next day of this action, on August 13, West Berlin was surrounded by barbed wire. The border traffic was stopped and the subway and the train system that connects different parts of the city were stopped. The houses in the eastern part of the border were evacuated and the windows overlooking the border were walled. Over time, the barbed wire was replaced with a 3.6 meter high wall. Along the wall on the east appeared "the dead zone", an area controlled by guards. A total of 302 guard towers and 20 bunkers were built along the border - 155 km. The guards had orders to shoot anyone who tried to escape from the communist camp. As a result 192 people were killed in their attempt to cross the border to the West. After the Soviet president Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev visited the West German in 1989, Hungary opened its borders to Austria. This allowed the East Germans to migrate en masse to the West. Meanwhile, the street protests that have attracted more and more people put pressure on the government of the GDR. Finally on November 9, 1989, the travel restrictions were lifted. Shortly after this the border gates were opened and the people just invaded the West Berlin. The vast majority of the wall was knocked down since then, but some areas still remain standing. The most famous part of the wall is 1316 meters in length, called Gallery East. It lies between Warschauer Strasse and Ostbahnhof and contains 106 paintings. Other smaller parts of the wall can be found at Center Memorial in Bernauer Strasse, from where the destruction of the official of the Wall began at Potsdamer Platz, the Reichstag, Invaliedenfriedhof Bornholmer Strasse, Nieder-Kirchner Strasse, and Zimmerstrasse near Checkpoint Charlie.
Berlin, Germany
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Tropical Islands Resort - Germany
One of the most interesting places where you can spend your vacation in any time of the year is the Tropical Islands Resort – Germany. Only 60 km from Berlin, in Krausnick, Brandenburg, you'll find a former Soviet aviation base, in the middle of which dominates an old hangar, called Aerium. The 66 000 m² and 5 million cubic meters, belong to the biggest holiday destination in Europe, and this is the Tropical Islands Resort. Tropical Islands is the largest tropical world open in Europe. An artificial resort created to offer an exotic low budget holiday destination. The constant temperature inside is 26 ° C. It opened 24 of 24, 7 days out of 7... what more you might want? Inside the building is the largest tropical forest with 30 000 trees and bushes. Here are carnivorous plants, banana trees, coffee trees and many other exotic plants. The windows on one side of the dome are transparent, which allows to enter the natural light. Here you will find over 200 m of artificial beach but also an artificial lake. "The sea" is teeming with tropical sandy beaches and small islands. The wall behind the hangar is painted so that we can the thought to the blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Besides the swimming pools, here you will find a mini golf course, restaurants, a shopping mall, bars, and if you wish you can sleep on the Paradise beach, in the camping area. Discover the beautiful tropical paradise and spend the most beautiful holidays with your loved ones !
Krausnick, Germany
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Romanian culinary tastes - festivals
If you visit Romania and if you are a big foodie and you want to discover some culinary goodies I recommend you the following festivals: - The Pancakes Festival from Prejmer - Braşov Is organized every year before entering into the Easter Lent, according to the Evangelical Church calendar. The festival is inspired by the Saxon traditions. The Caravan is the center of the party. It includes accordionists, drummers, masked trumpeters and the beautiful stove cart wich prepare the pancakes. The event ends with a masquerade. - The Pig Festival of Mangalia - Baia Mare It is a unique event national and international during which are promoted the tasty traditional products resulted from the Mangalita pig meat. Mangalita pig has a history of over 200 years. Its meat is almost as healthy as the salmon. - "Cheese of Brăduleţ" Festival - Brăduleţ - Arges The event takes place over three consecutive days, in three villages: Gales, Bradet and Brăduleţ. In each day of the festival, the village which hosts the event is promoting his own values related to the local cultural identities, including: homemade cheese, cheese, cottage cheese, the curd cheese from başchiu and more. - The Trout Festival, Ciocăneşti – Suceava The National Festival of Trouts includes a series of complex manifestations such as fishing sport contests, culinary competitions, a beautiful contest of anecdotes and jokes, the folk parade, folk performances and entertainment, exhibitions, tastings, brass bands, balls, rustic and traditional meals. - Figs Festival, Svinita – Mehedinti The festival aims to promote the local products from figs and multiethnic culture of the Danube Gorge. Among the activities included in the program are: presentation and tasting of traditional products from figs, jam, brandy, fresh figs, figs cakes, fruit picking, the folk parade and some folk performances provided by artistic group of Clisura Danube and from Serbia .
Suceava, Romania
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Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania
Being one of the only walled city in Romania that are still standing upright in good condition and even inhabited Sighisoara gather every year thousands of Romanian and foreign tourists. Sighisoara is one of the cities from Transylvania that deserve a visit even for a few hours. From the Fortress up to the streets and old buildings, all breathes the rich history of the area. And because every tourist needs a break to get a snack and recharge the batteries, I will recommend you a tree options full of personality for the lunch or dinner. Joseph T Restaurant & Wine Bar The hotel restaurant, Central Park, from Sighisoara is an excellent choice for a relaxing meal for lunch or a romantic dinner extended, due to its location in downtown, near the park at just 150 meters from the Clock Tower and the Medieval Fortress. Joseph T Restaurant &Wine Bar is unique because here the tourists are encouraged to taste some of the most noble wines of the area. Location: Sighisoara, str. 25 Hermann Oberth Cuisine: American, French, Mediterranean, Romanian. Casa cu Cerb (The House with Stag) The Restaurant House with Stag is easy to find thanks to the outer painting representing a deer in size. Placed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, initially built as a home wooden frame in the thirteenth century and modernized in the seventeenth century house with deer, is open as a restaurant and as a cultural center Roman-German for 17 years. Among the specialties prepared worth mentioning primarily the deer steak, extremely popular among both the Romanian and foreign tourists. Location: Sighisoara, Str. Scolii no. 1 Cuisine: Romanian, traditional. Casa Dracula (Dracula's House) Located in the town center, near the tower, the restaurant is in one of the oldest buildings in town, lived in the house where ruler Vlad the Impaler. Besides the traditional food prepared according to the local customs and served in generous portions, the restaurant The house of Dracula has to offer and a unique experience, customers can ask to visit Vlad Tepes room. Location: Str. Cositorarilor, no. 5 Cuisine: international, Romanian The three restaurants that I presented caught my attention very much, but are not the only ones. In the center of Sighisoara you will find many more locations, both very nice coffee shops and restaurants surrounded by a lovely atmosphere.
Sighisoara, Romania
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A few reasons to visit South Africa
South Africa is a wonderful country, so I am going to enumerate some reasons, which I hope to convince you to visit it. I urge you to visit South Africa because you will be able to visit and admire the following: Safari, exotic animals, Zulus, football, rugby, extreme sports, incredible beaches, parks, hotels and restaurants of the highest quality, some of the best wines in the world and an overwhelming history. First of all you should not miss the Kruger National Park -a park considered a veritable heaven for thousands of years. For the South African hunters and gatherers, the Kruger National Park, has become today one of the largest and most famous natural reserves of the world. Here you can admire 1982 plant species, 517 bird species, 147 mammal species and 114 species of reptiles, including 3000 crocodiles. In the park can also be found 350 African wild dogs, a species of which there are less than 400 copies. South Africa has the biggest baobab in the world. The tree about I will tell you, is in the small village of Modjadjiskloof, in the north and is one of the main attractions of Limpopo municipality. Its age exceeds 6000 years, making it even older than the Egyptian pyramids. What is interesting about this tree is one of his characteristics… the more older he is, the trunk remains empty inside, but this does not affect his existence. Today, in the great auditorium of the tree it is a bar with a capacity of 60 seats. Does it seem a lot? Then I must tell you that today, the baobab circumference is 47 meters, and his height is around 22 meters. Among other interesting places to visit, I suggest you the Südwind Caves. These are located in the province of Mpumalanga, in the east of South Africa. The Südwind Caves are considered the oldest caves in the world, with an age that exceeds 240 million years. Moreover, the rocks that form the walls of the caves dates from the Precambrian, being formed 3.8 billion years ago. Südwind Caves host today some beautiful concerts, and offers the tourist a journey of 5 hours among some of the rarest and most beautiful creations of nature, including the famous Crystal Room, made of aragonite crystals. If you are among the lovers of water, sand and sun, you should not miss the Durban beaches. Here you will find palm trees, golden sand, huge waves - ideal for surfing, lagoons with calm waters in which to spend time with family, five-star hotels, luxury apartments and one of the largest and wealthiest ports of the world, all in a warm climate throughout the year, specific of the Indian Ocean. These are just a few reasons to visit South Africa ... but of course there are many more! Do not forget to take your camera, you will remain with some great memories!
Durban, South Africa
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The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance from Sighetu Marmației
A few days ago I visited a beautiful place, but in the same time sadly. I chose this time The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance from Sighetu Marmației The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance from Sighetu Marmației consists in a museum located in the old political prison from Sighet, and the International Studies about Communism Center located in Bucharest. It is known that the Sighet Prison was built in 1897 as a prison for the common law, made by the Austro-Hungarian Administration. Then in 1950 were brought to The Sighet prison hundreds of dignitaries from around the country (former ministers, academics, economists, military historians, journalists, politicians), some of them sentenced to heavy punishment, others not even judged. The prisoners were held in unsanitary conditions, miserably fed, stop to lie down on the beds of the cells without heating. They were not allowed to look out the window. Much later, the windows were covered with shutters. The humility and the insults were part of the extermination program. In 1977 the prison was decommissioned and entered in a process of decay. The Civic Academy Foundation took over the ruin of the former prison in 1995, to transform her into Memorial. The rehabilitation works of the building lasted until 2000. Because it was a century old, was ruined and full of damp, it was necessary to rebuild the foundations, the insulation, the roof, interior walls, etc. Each cell has become a museum chamber, following a chronological order, and where you can see objects, photographs, documents from those times. In 2000 to the old building was added a module comprising a modern conference room, which can carry today: symposiums, debates and seminars and summer school courses. The hall is equipped with simultaneous translation system and can be rented for international events.
Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania
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The Council Tower from Sibiu
If you decide to visit Sibiu, and you get there and you asked a resident what you can visit, he will answer without second thoughts - The Council Tower. The tower is one of the best known symbols of the city of Sibiu. The Council Tower is located in the center ever since the first bricks were laid for the construction of the Hermann burg and has remained to grow with it. The first time was mentioned in the historical documents in the period 1224 - 1241, with the second row of fortifications of the city, while Sibiu is mentioned for the first time in 1191. In those days, the Tower had only four floors and served as fortification of the entrance gate from the second series of fortifications of the city of Sibiu. Only two centuries after it was built, it collapses after uni earthquake. Two years later, in 1588 The Council Tower is rebuilt. Its base and the ground have remained unchanged since the medieval times, but the top of the building suffered significant changes His present form, with a single tower in the middle, dates back to 1824. The last repair was in 2006 when the Tower was included in the rehabilitation program, along with the historical center of Sibiu, for the big event from 2007 - Sibiu - European Cultural Capital. Historic monument and symbol of the city, The Council Tower from Sibiu is both a support column and the central axis around which unfolds the whole life of the historical center.
Sibiu, Romania
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