Sibiu (Romanian: [si?biw], antiquated Sibiiu; German: Hermannstadt [?h??man?tat], Transylvanian Saxon dialect: Härmeschtat, Hungarian: Nagyszeben [?n?cs?b?n]) is a city in Transylvania, Romania, with a population of 147,245. Located some 275 km (171 mi) north-west of Bucharest, the city straddles the Cibin River, a tributary of the river Olt. Now the capital of Sibiu County, between 1692 and 1791 and 1849–65 Sibiu was the capital of the Principality of Transylvania.
Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and was designated the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007, along with the city of Luxembourg. Formerly the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Sibiu was ranked as "Europe's 8th-most idyllic place to live" by Forbes in 2008.
The city administers the P?ltini? ski resort.
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