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Piaşa Mare, Nr. 4 - 5, Sibiu
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BRUKENTHAL PALACE

 

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Appointed Governor of the Principality of Transylvania, a position that he occupied between 1777 and 1787, Samuel von Brukenthal built a Late Baroque palace in Sibiu, modelled on the palaces in the imperial capital.
The Brukenthal Palace is one of the most significant Baroque buildings in Romania, its construction taking place between the years 1778 and 1788. The building was raised to serve as the Baron’s official residence and a worthy display case for his collections.
The main façade of the building, juts out from the front line of other buildings in the square, and was built later, in a more restrained Baroque style. The central element of the façade is the stone framing of the gate, supported by columns and a projecting entablature. It is decorated with carved elements, such as the gilded coat of arms of Samuel von Brukenthal, as well as other Baroque features: urns, rosettes, festoons.
The main portal opens into an entrance hall, with three cross-vaulted aisles. A passageway leads to the courtyard.
The palace built by Samuel von Brukenthal has a rectangular ground plan, with four wings enclosing an inner courtyard.
A second portal is located at the far end of the first courtyard. Although it is similar in design with the first portal, the difference is that it is supported by atlantes, rather than columns.
The second portal facilitates the access to the second courtyard, originally meant for the use by the household and the stables.

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