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The fresco behind the altar was painted in 1777 by Anton Steinwald.

Inside the church is the stone grave of Otto Ferdinand de Abensberg, commander of Transylvania between 1744-1747. Address: Piata Mare At the corner with Avram Iancu Street stand the old mayor's residence and the imposing Council Tower .

On the top floor, an observation deck allows a bird's-eye view of the historic town and the Fagaras Mountains beyond.

From the Great Square, walk through one of two tunnels under the arches of the Council Tower to arrive at the Little Square.

This second fortified square was home to the town's most prestigious master craftsmen, who lived in rows of arcaded houses along the north and east sides.

Sibiu (Hermannstadt in German) was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels* built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons.

The riches amassed by its guilds paid for the construction of both impressive buildings and the fortifications required to protect them.

Three 15th century towers have withstood the test of time: Harquebusiers' Tower was the site of Sibiu's first theatrical performance, staged in 1778.