The Unnoticed Details of Sibiu

Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt, name taken from its Saxon settlers of the 12th century, has its well-deserved place on the map of Central Europe. This city of Transylvania, a region that occupies the central and north-eastern part of Romania, is mainly famous for its architecture, which boasts a happy blend of medieval and pre-modern…

Round Metal and Ceramic Stoves in Satu-Mare/Szatmárnémeti and Carei/Nagykárolyi (North-Western Transylvania)

When saying `round stove`, the stylish and beautiful Swedish Kakelugnar comes to mind or their Italian version, La Castellamonte. This type of stoves serves a functional as well as an aesthetic role. By their round shape they occupy less space than the rectangular ones, yet their circular surface allows an entire range of designs, from…

Design Objects of Administrative Buildings in Transylvania in the Nineteenth Century: Tile Stoves of the Current Museum of Art of Baia-Mare/Nagybánia

On 1st of May Street at no. 8, in the Old Town of Baia-Mare/Nagybánia, there is the building hosting the county Museum of Art, the so-called Artistic Centre Baia-Mare. The two-floor construction was built at the end of the eighteenth century on a less ambitious scale, and improved at the beginning of the twentieth century,…

Always Look Up: Rain Pipes, Flag Pole Holders, and Weather Vanes on Some Buildings in Northern Transylvania

When looking to a construction built in any of the turn of the century architectural styles, ranging from Art Nouveau to Gothic revival, people usually admire the facade and its ornaments made of pillars, bas-reliefs, or other human and floral representations. The roof parts have their own share of admiration too, but it is also…

`Street Lites`: a Transylvanian City

Kronstadt (German), Brassó (Hungarian), Brașov (Romanian) is one of the seven Saxon cities of Transylvania (the name, ‘Siebenbürgenʼ in German, means ‘seven fortressesʼ). It once hosted a multiethnic population, as its multiple names show (and we still haven`t added its Latin name, Corona), and, in the Middle Ages, it represented an important trade hub, via…