The idea of transforming the land located between the Bastion and the current Soldisch Hotel "Boulevard" in a park dates from 1869 and materialized a decade later, with the establishment of the Society for the city beautification.It is the first company of its kind in Transylvania and the Park ASTRA, its first major achievement.
Located in the heart of the city and bounded by the Metropolitan, George Bariţiu, Ioan Lupas streets and the Union Square, the park was remodeled in 1926 when it also received today's estate, with trees and ornamental shrubs (plane trees, magnolias, etc.). The location hosts eight monuments of important Romanian personalities grouped around homonymous Association: George Bariţiu, Timothy Cipariu, Badea Cartan, Octavian Goga, Mureşianu Andrei, Gheorghe Lazar, Ioan Slavici and Andrei Saguna.
The oldest statue was placed in 1924 and belongs to George Bariţiu.Founder of Transylvanian Romanian journalism, history, academic and politician,the statue of Bariţiu was made by the sculptor Oscar Spathe in 1912, being placed first in the school yard civilian ASTRA girls and only 12 years after reaching the park at the entrance . The other seven statues were placed, one by one, starting in 1971 with the idea of transforming it into a veritable pantheon of personalities in Sibiu. The statue of Badea Cartan, Cârţişoara shepherd who voluntarily participated in the warfare of Independence and the walk to Rome just to see his eyes, Trajan's Column is here a bronze statue high of 1, 20 meters, achieved Sibiu in 1974 by the sculptor Kurtfritz Handel.
"Our suffering" poet, Octavian Goga also has a bronze statue made in 1973 by the sculptor Ada Geo Medrea.Andrei Mureşianu, the author of the Poems "Wake up Romanian" which became the national anthem, also has a bronze statue,made in 1973 by the sculptor Imre Gyenge. Also in 1973 (150 years since his death) was placed in the park and Enlightenment scholar bronze statue of Gheorghe Lazar, the work of the same sculptor of Sibiu, Kurtfritz Handel.În 1979 to celebrate 95 years since the foundation of it, the newspaper "Tribuna" unveiled a bronze statue for Ioan Slavici by the sculptor Linca Calin.
One of the most outstanding personalities of political, cultural and ecclesiastical Andrei Saguna monument placed in the Park series complements ASTRA, being made of the same bronze in 1973, by the same sculptor Imre Gyenge. Note that this park is surrounded by a number of old buildings dating from the nineteenth century and the beginning of the next: Polyclinic children, the Association Palace, inaugurated in 1905 and currently ASTRA Library that houses the former normal school for girls.
In late 2006, the City initiated a new project to redevelop the Park ASTRA worth over 300,000 lei which included mainly realization, behind the statue of George Bariţiu, a fountain framed in a rectangle of cobblestone, having nine large water jets and 16 small illuminated jets.
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Sibiu is full of sights and places to be visited, most concentrated on its historic city center and around thereof.
So you do not need transport some comfortable shoes are recommended, you can go on foot on the whole historic medieval part and breathe the fresh air.
Sibiu was ranked the eight among the most beautiful locations in Europe, a top made by US magazine Forbes.
Described as a small town located in the heart of Transylvania, known for its natural beauty, landscapes and rich history, Sibiu has even surpassed Rome, the capital of Italy, and the Spanish city Deiam according to American rankings.
In 2007 Sibiu was named the European Capital of Culture.
The apartments situated on the cobbled streets surrounded by buildings in pastel colors are quoted at just under 50,000 euro, the American journalists wrote in Forbes about it .
Sibiu is one of the most important cities of Transylvania and was the capital of Ardeal twice.
The first time between 1692-1791 and then 1849-1865.
In 2007, Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture together with Luxembourg.
Sibiu has also been the place of German minorities of Romania since medieval times and has a great historical culture.
The villages have great old traditions and here you can meet blond-haired, blue-eyed people, speakers with German accent, traits of original inhabitants that once lived there.
Despite Germans, Sibiu hosts minorities of Hungarians, Austrians, Slovacks and Ukranians.
Today Sibiu is of an unestimable charm.
It is a great city of art and culture worthy to be visited.
You can explore its pavements, cafes, the squares and its churches on foot even.
Sibiu has many cultural centers, a lot of historical places, monuments and theaters.