The Bridge of Lies is a bridge that can be found in the old center of the magnificent city of Sibiu, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
This is Romania’s oldest cast-iron bridge and it was built in 1859, taking the place of an older wooden bridge. The three legends that are connected to this construction piece are older than the cast-iron bridge and the stories date from long ago when there was only the wooden bridge.
The legends behind the name of the Bridge of Lies
The elders are talking of a legend that says that this bridge could have been used in medieval times to tell if a person is telling the truth or not. It is said that when somebody says a lie on this bridge it starts moving and it starts making weird noises.
Another local legend says that this bridge and its name had a really close connection to the market nearby and the merchants that used to earn their living in the area. The legend says that when one of those merchants was caught with cheating his customers, he was punished by being thrown off this bridge.
The third legend that can be heard being whispered in the quiet pubs of Sibiu is about young virgins that, in medieval times, came on this bridge to meet the boys and to plan the wedding and their future. However, the twist of tale is that if the girls were caught lying about their virginity, they would have been thrown off this bridge.
So, all these legends make it really clear where this bridge got its name. Interesting is the fact that, even though legend’s time has been long gone, people never wanted to change the name of the bridge as it was intended by the authorities in 1859 when the iron-cast bridge had been installed in place of the wooden one.
Today, The Bridge of Lies is the pride of Sibiu city. On one side of the bridge you can see the date of the structure, on the other the Saxon blazon, which depicts two swords put in cross-way and a crown on top of them. This meant a lot in those times. It meant that the Saxons accepted the King of Hungary and Transylvanian monarchs’ jurisdiction.
When, where, how much?
Walking on the Bridge of Lies can be just a part of strolling down on the narrow medieval streets of Sibiu City. It takes little time, it does not cost a penny but if you get the chance to visit Sibiu you shouldn’t miss this bridge.
Sibiu is one of the most touristic cities of Romania and it is popular for its medieval past. It has its own airport and it is located at 279 kilometers (3h and 38 min, by car) from Bucharest, the capital of Romania.