14. Huet Square – Sibiu’s epicenter
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Once you have crossed the Bridge of Lies, look at the pavement stones. You will notice a darker color band that marks the place of the first ring of defense. Step over this line, and you are in Huet Square, the epicenter of Sibiu.
The Saxons arrived here in the 12th century, and they began the construction of the first church and the first defensive wall. After city’s fortifications were extended, the houses in Huet Square were built on the first walls of defense. The square took the name of Albert Huet, Sibiu’s Royal Judge in the sixteenth century.
Follow the buildings to the left, the reverse of those from the Lesser Square. On the right side, you can admire the outside of the Evangelical Church and the entrance to the sacristy. If you are lucky, you will hear the rehearsals of the Bach Choir. Close to the Shoemakers Passage, the dark gray cubic stones take the shape of a circle. They mark the place of the Graf’s Chapel.
Before entering the church gates, the same type of stones marks the outline of another chapel. According to various sources, it was dedicated to Saint Ladislau and / or Jacob. The mystery is still waiting to be solved.
In this area, the Priests Gate Tower closed the first ring of fortifications, towards Mitropoliei Street. Nearby, there was a building dedicated to teaching, certified in 1380. In the eighteenth century, the National College "Samuel von Brukenthal" was built on the foundations of this building. Above the main entrance of the high school, there is an inscription reading "ERVDITIONI. VIRTVTI.AC.EXEMPLIS.SACRA "-" A place for culture, virtues and models ".
Today, the space is dedicated to various cultural, crafting, or gastronomic events. Every Friday, the "Green Friday” market of the organic producers from Sibiu County takes place here. During summer, the travelling journeymen hold open workshops, to show how the craftsmen of the past worked wood and metal. Sometimes, passers-by can witness outdoor exhibitions or special concerts.
🤔 Did you know?
🔍 Baron Samuel von Brukenthal was a pupil of the Samuel von Brukenthal College. In his will, he donated his wealth to the evangelical school and church. The humanist Nicolaus Olahus also studied here in the 16th century, and the pedagogue Stefan Ludwig Roth in the 19th century.
🔍 The school was completed in 1781, as it is written above the main portal.
🔍The school and the church have the same courtyard. During class breaks, the college students share the recreation space with the passers-by and visitors.