Muzeul Satului SIBIU ~ Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization SIBIU ~

Intr-un peisaj de vis din Dumbrava Sibiului care l-a facut pe reputatul muzeolog olandez Bernet Kempers, inca din 1966, sa numeasca muzeul sibian “cel mai frumos muzeu in aer liber din Europa” cu paduri racoroase si poieni insorite, strabatute de un raulet ce misca rotile morilor de apa, avand in mijloc un lac de 6 ha, in care se oglindesc morile de vant dobrogene si constructiile pescarilor din Delta Dunarii si pe care sunt expuse mori si poduri plutitoare (la care se ajunge cu lotcile pescaresti ancorate la debarcader), se afla cel mai mare – ca teritoriu, mai bogat – ca patrimoniu si mai original – ca si conceptie tematica, muzeu in aer liber din Romania si printre cele mai reprezentative institutii de acest gen din Europa


Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization is located in the Dumbrava Forest, 3 km south of Sibiu, on the road towards Rasinari, and is easily accessible by car, bus or tramway. Occupying an area of 0.96 square kilometers (0.37 square miles), it is the largest open air museum in Romania and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. It contains houses and workshops of the traditional Romanian folk culture from the pre-industrial era. Over 300 houses and other buildings are situated in the forest around two artificial lakes with over 10 km (6.2 miles) of walkways between them.

Some of the most spectacular buildings are a group of windmills from the Dobrudja area, a playing area for popice (skittles, an early form of bowling) from the Paltinis monastery, a small mine from the Apuseni Mountains, a few water-mills, a wooden ferry, and a fishery from the Danube Delta. In addition to the aforementioned, shepherds’ residences, pottery workshops, iron workshops, a working inn, small pub, and dance pavilion can also be visited at this site. In the museum there is a wooden church from northern Transylvania brought in 1990-1992 from the village of Bezded in Salaj County.

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