Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway

Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway

Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The ancient Scara Acoperita (covered stairway) leads up to the school and church at the highest point of the citadel. The stairway was covered in the 17th century to allow students and worshipers to ascend the hill during snowy weather. 170 stone steps are enclosed by side planks and a roof, and is one of Europe's longest covered stairways. A small memorial to "our dead heroes" is at the top right of the stairway. There are round cobbled areas between flights of 8 or 9 steps, so sturdy footwear is recommended. The stairway is wide; passing other pedestrians is easy. Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway is accessible at all times with no entry fee.
Written March 26, 2020
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Built in 1642 and originally containing 300 steps, the Scholar’s Staircase was originally constructed for two reasons: to allow students access to the church and school from the citadel, and to protect them from the elements while doing it. It has since been winnowed down to between 175 and 178 steps (depending on your source) and 29 landings. That’s more than enough, as after a heavy dinner the night before this reviewer struggled to get to the top; the descent is easier if not enjoyable. Hey, it’s free, unique, and you’ll remember it months after the experience.
Written November 11, 2021
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is quite a climb of about 200 steps up to the School and the Church on the hill. The steps are in good condition, and mostly fairly even, set out in groups of six. There's no handrail, but there's plenty of stonework and the side panelling to hold onto if you need it.
Written May 15, 2024
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jjpebs
Northallerton, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This stairway is beautiful but its not easy getting to the top. Well worth for the views and the the church on the hill and the cemetery. While you are climbing it does seem the end gets further and further away like in the horror films but you have to keep going.
Written February 18, 2020
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
It's fun to climb the stairs students used to climb to get to school in old days. It links the old town to the college. You can also visit the Church on the hill which is nearby.
Written June 9, 2017
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The covered stairs ... built for the children who were going to the school on the hill, and for those who wanted to get to the church on the hill.
Originally it had 300 steps and the purpose was that during the winter the children can get up more easily to the school rather than taking on the stone paved road covered with snow and ice during the winter.
After 1849 the stair was modified and out of the original 300 step only 17x (where X stands for 2 , 4, 5 or six ... wherever you are checking the number is different and on 2 different climbs counted 172 and 174 ... so even counting by yourself is not reliable at the church on the hill the sing says 176 stairs.) so yes anywhere between 172 and 176 stairs.
Nowadays , is still used by the children getting up the school that is still standing on the hill and still in "business" schooling future generations. It can be seen at the end of the stairs, the school , but you can't actually visit it.
So when you are in Sighisoara , take the stairs up the hill - beside it is good workout - there are some other treasure waiting your discovery at the top of the stairs.
Written December 10, 2022
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sorincalex
Bucharest25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
An amazing wooden construction that takes you from the lower town to the upper part. Sighisoara itself is an impossibly romantic place, the Scala Coperta makes it irresistible .... I'll be back again and again ....
Written March 27, 2012
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CarpatBike
Romania301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
A great experience in Sighisoara.
Visited during a guided trip in the Citadel.
The objectives on top of the stairs (the church on the hill, the college and the cemetery) are just great.
Enjoy!
Written November 12, 2014
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DAVE504
DEBRECEN18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
A bridge that has withstood the sands of time. A national treasure and olympic experience to run up. I read about this extensively prior to my first visit and it was just as sweet to ascend the stairs on my second visit. You will take in the Saxon Church whose construction began in the 13th century, the predominently Saxon German cemetary the bilingual Romanian German School and one of the original watch towers occupied by the keepers of the cemetary and church.. Immediately to the left at the top of your 200M march your will take in a lovely view of the town with the famous clock-tower majestically poised below. I too will return as often as I can.
Written April 18, 2012
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Whittlesford
Haselbury Plucknett, UK582 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
In itself the staircase is nothing unusually remarkable. But when you think about the thousands of schoolchildren and churchgoers who have used it over the centuries there is something to think about. The monument "To our dead heroes" at the right at the top is particularly poignant.
Written February 29, 2020
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