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February 7, 2024

The Eyes of Sibiu: Pictures of the Houses Have Eyes in Romania

The Eyes of Sibiu are the iconic eyebrow dormers on the roofs of Sibiu’s houses. Sibiu lies in Transylvania, a historical region of Romania. The eyes, which are a symbol and a tourist attraction of the city, have given Sibiu the nicknames of The City with Eyes, The City Where Houses Don’t Sleep and the portmanteau Seebiu. They vary in shape – most of them are trapezoid-shaped, others having rounded or elongated forms.

Although the eyes originate from as early as the 15th century, most of them were built in the 19th century. They were most likely invented by a local of Sibiu, because they are widespread in the city and its surroundings. They are an element of Baroque architecture. Some of them were even built as late as the 20th century, after Sibiu became part of the Kingdom of Romania.

There are legends, according to which the eyes were built to frighten the people, making them believe they are being watched. Their real purpose was to act as a ventilation system for the houses’ attics. Nowadays, the eyes have become one of Sibiu’s most famous symbols, making them a tourist attraction.

Apart from Sibiu itself, the eyes have also been built in the city’s surroundings. Most of them are found in the Sibiu County. Some of them can also be found in other nearby places, like the cities of Brașov and Făgăraș, both located in the Brașov County.


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