Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sibiu - Nicolae Balcescu Street

The pedestrians-only Nicolae Balcescu Street links the Great Square to the western fringes of the old town. 
The casual stroller will see the many welcoming cafés, restaurants, with tables set outside in the shade, 
and a variety of shops on the ground floor – small local businesses and also some chains, such as supermarket Billa and Zara. 

The line of this street was set up in 1492, when it was called Platea Heltensis.
The majority of the houses found here are from the second half of the 19th century and 
they are built in a provincial Baroque style or they have an eclectic architectural style.
The houses are located with the short side to the street (that is, they are much larger than they appear), 
the access being provided through massive gates and vaulted corridors, which lead to inner courtyards, enclosed on all sides.

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