Stairs' Passage, Sibiu
The Stairs passage connects the upper and lower town of Sibiu. It comprises of narrow streets and arches that go around the city walls..
It was built in brick and stone in the 13th Century. The passage leads to the Gateway tower.
Sibiu’s location, part on and part below a hill, has made for some interesting examples of early town planning, as the maze of streets grew with the expansion of the town. The Stairs Passage, or Pasajul Scarilor is one of the most picturesque of these. A long shallow flight of steps leads up from the Lower Town to the Upper, just below the Huet Square. The steps run close to the city walls and pass under the arched buttresses that support these. As an architectural feature of the cityscape they date back to the 13th century, and some of the houses that line them are almost as old – the information plaques on several declare them to have their origins in the 15th century, although many were restored in the 18th and 19th.
The house on the bottom right in my main photo is of particular interest. It was built at the end of the 14th century and at the beginning of the next century became the customs building for the citadel, where those bringing products to sell in the city had to pay the entrance tickets and the appropriate taxes for those products.
My third photo is of a house nearer the top of the steps, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, which is said to be the oldest in Sibiu.
Next tip: the Evangelical Church
Pasajul Scărilor, the Stairs Passageway, is one of the most picturesque places in Sibiu. It connects the Lower Town to the Upper Town and was built in 13th century. It is lined with some of Sibiu's oldest buildings including the oldest restaurant in Romania, Butoiul de Aur, the Golden Barrel.
The Stairs Passage is one of the most picturesque places in Sibiu. It makes the connection between the lower-town and the upper-town and was built in 13th century. In these pictures you can see the right wing of the passage. The Goldsmiths Square (Piata Aurarilor) is pockmarked with medieval windows, doorways and turrets and is connected to the Small Square through the Stairs Tower (15-th century). The actual look is preserved since 1567. The third fortification of walls were built in 14th century and were consolidated in the 17th century.
The remaining of Sibiu's medieval fortress wall and towers stand along Strada Cetatii.
There can be seen the Arquebusier Tower (15th century), the Potter Tower (15th century) and the Carpenter Tower (15th century). The last two are connected by a well preserved wall built in the 15th century. All were well fitted for using firearms and holes have been made in the walls for throwing the tar. Few hundred meters down the street is the Thick Tower, built at the middle of the 16th century and used to be the infantry tower. The first theater in town was opened here in 1778. Recently renovated and incorporated in the new city theater.Not far from here is the Haller Bastion, built in 1552 as part of the protection edifice that surrounded the old town.