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Notes on the Geography of Romania (Transylvania): Romania: Transylvania: Photo 2

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It's Nicolae Balcescu Street, formerly Regina Maria Strasse. Balcescu was a revolutionary who, on the losing side, was exiled in 1848 and died at 33 in Sicily. A century later, Romania's Communist government was eager to eradicate the memory of Romania's once-popular last queen, and Balcescu's argument in favor of land reform, noted by Marx, made him a sound choice.

The well-presented steet looks very much like a German town, which is not surprising since for a long time before World War I Sibiu was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Back then, it was called Hermannstadt, a name bestowed at the town's founding in the 12th century and lingering today in the name of the town's professional football club.

Most of the buildings have, in addition to normal doors, large tunnel-like entrances.

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