Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels built in the 12th century by Transylvanian Saxons. The city of Sibiu holds one of the best preserved historical sites in the country, many of its medieval fortifications having been kept in excellent state. Its old center has begun the process for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Sibiu and its surrounding area have many significant museums. Brukenthal Palace, one of the most important Baroque monuments in Romania houses the main part of the National Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817. In 2007 Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture. The city also lies close to the Făgăraș Mountains - a very popular trekking destination.
Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
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