Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sibiu - The Brukenthal Palace

Facing west of the Great Square is the stunning Brukenthal Palace, 
built between 1778-1785 by a Viennese architect in a refined late-baroque style. 
It is now the home of the Brukenthal Museum, the oldest and one of the finest art museums in the country. 
The palace was built by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal to serve as his residence 
and house his collections of Romanian and Western art, 
16th – 18th century religious sculptures and icons, stamps and coins, as well as an impressive library. 
Over the years, the collections have been enriched through acquisitions and donations. 
Even though the museum officially opened in 1817, 
its art galleries welcomed visitors 27 years earlier (1790), three years prior to the opening of the Louvre.

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