Anyone who has traveled to Sibiu can tell you that the Tower of the Lutheran Church is probably the town's most important landmark. I've visited Sibiu many times, and when I'm driving through town trying to get to the main square, it's always my guide. The Church was built by Saxon settlers in the Gothic Style, and is a rich example of the Evangelical Saxon Churches that dot the Transylvanian landscape. The tiles rooftop of the steeple can be seen almost all over town, and the little square the Church occupies is a quiet place from which to contemplate the magnificent architecture before venturing inside.
The Church boasts a beautiful and well-preserved knave, complete with wooden pews, painted altarpieces, and beautiful carvings. There is a small room containing tombstones to the back of the Church itself. Many of these are fascinating, having been decorated with fanciful carvings including skulls and cross bones, mythological beasts, and Biblical scenes. The Church's tower may be climbed for those who don't mind walking up a few hundred steps and who aren't afraid of heights. The view from the Church tower is magnificent.
The Sibiu landscape and town is defined by its Saxon heritage, and it would be a great omission for any tourist to miss visiting this most important Saxon landmark. Between mid-August and late-May, it is even possible to see the snow on the Southern Carpathian mountains which flank the city. Whether you climb the tower or not, however, don't miss visiting the church itself. It is probably the single landmark in Sibiu above all others which is not to be missed.
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