Sibiu, one of the most important cities in Transylvania, out stands itself by its acts of pioneering in a multitude of domains. One of these acts were building the first iron cast bridge in the whole Romania. It can now be found in the old town of Sibiu, lying there since 1859.
Before the year of 1859, on the exact same spot was a wooden gate bridge, a part of the 2nd fortification wall. It also bore the name of Bridge of Lies and it used to have buildings to each side, but they were demolished in 1851.
With the iron bridge being built, authorities meant to change its name but the inhabitants of Sibiu begged to differ, its unwritten legends proving to be stronger. Thus, more than 150 years have passed and the bridge hasn’t lost its name and not one, but three legends.
Each of the three legends justifies the name of Bridge of Lies. The first legend that vehicular from medieval times says that the bridge was used to tell if somebody was lying. It is said that when a person says a lie on the bridge, it starts weirdly making noises and moving. Tourists can try it for themselves.
The second legend says that when merchants earning their living in the market nearby were caught cheating on their customers; they were thrown off the bridge as a punishment.
The third legend is about virgins who came on this bridge to meet boys that they planned on marrying. If a girl was caught lying about her virginity, she would be thrown off the bridge.
On the other hand, the legend told today is simply that the bridge will collapse if someone will sit on it and tell a lie. Visitors of this bridge must be very honest, seeing as it hasn’t vanished yet.
Bridge of Lies, as a part of the tour of old town of Sibiu, can be discovered by taking the route of the narrow passages between the Grand and Lesser Squares. The bridge, which is pedestrian only, connects the two parts of the Lesser Square as well as it links the Lower and Upper Town.
In the vicinity of the Liar’s Bridge, there are other buildings worth visiting. To the right, there’s the House of the Arts, formerly the Butcher’s Hall, built in the 14th century. The arched building bears the city’s emblem since 1787. On the bridge’s left side is the Luxembourg House, built at the beginning of the 15th century, which is now a three star hotel that gives amazing views to the Liar’s Bridge and other staple attractions of Sibiu.
The street passing under the bridge is Ocnei Street, which is the main access from the Lower City to the Upper city. Along the bridge, there are is a 5 landing staircase, granting access to the bridge. All the buildings on this street are part of Sibiu’s patrimony, each having a story to it.