Avrig is a locality situated in Sibiu county, with a population of 8637 inhabitants.

Avrig

The Brukenthal Palace in Avrig (Freck)

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45,72931 N, 24,37720 E

The summer residence of Baron Samuel von Brukenthal (1721-1803,) governor of Transilvania was built between 1780-1785 on the model of the Viennese Schönbrunn castle. The U shaped baroque style palace has a central section and two wings. The baron used to keep here his collection consisting of 212 paitings, and 129 engravings. Today these are in the museum of Sibiu. Unfourtunatelly, after the baron's death the building has had many neglectful owners, thus its condition deterred quickly.

The bygone spledour is evoked today only by the ornate ceilings. The castle encompassed a terraced park inclined towards the Olt valley. The 20 hectare area was modeled on the French gardens, with fountains, central stairs, with lateral walkways, vases, benches, stone statues and greenhouses growing date, almond, mace, watermelon and pineapple.

Pheasants, probably used to walk around freely in the garden.The Holland gardens were ful of flowers, vegetables, and spices. The English garden had large grassy areas, unique trees, and large groups of trees. When the baron died in 1803 the garden plunged into a deep sleep. Nobody took care of it, the vegetation grew freely and the park turned into a forrest.

Promisses have been made, investrors have been found..Germans...the question is when do the magnificent, and very costly plans take action so that the large property can wake up from its more than 100 years long, cindarella dream.

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