The Secret Shoemakers Passage, Pasajul Pantofarilor, Sibiu

I’ll show you where to look to discover the concealed Shoemakers Passage, Pasajul Pantofarilor, like a secret legend connecting early medieval Huet Square with the quaint Small Square in Sibiu.

You have to know where to look when you’re in Huet Square. Dazzled by its history and the vicinity of Evangelic Church, you might miss the tiny, tight entry to the Shoemakers’ Passage, Pasajul Pantofarilor Sibiu.

Like many hidden spots this crossing is mysterious and alluring. Although your gut-feeling might warn you, listen to your footsteps and go in. You might hear the echoes left by past visitors or marooned travelers. Who knows, you might learn a secret…

Know that a room upstairs, belonging to a young man called Petrovici, was one of the hiding places of Wallacian revolutionaries during the Revolution of 1848.

A sliver of light between two medieval buildings marks the entrance in Shoemakers Passage. Should we leave the bright day behind?

Pasajul Pantofarilor, Huet Square and the secret entrance in the Shoemakers Passage
Huet Square and the secret entrance in the Shoemakers Passage. Right in front of your eyes. Can you see it?

Truth be told, it was during the second stroll through Huet Square that I dared step into Shoemakers’ Passage.

In we go, to the left of this old, wooden door with three panels:

The Secret Shoemakers Passage, Pasajul Pantofarilor, Sibiu
The Shoemakers’ Passage, entrance from Huet Square. I couldn’t not ask myself: once inside, will the crossing ever end?

During the 12th century, when the Saxon settlers arrived in Sibiu (then named, simply, Cibin, like the river nearby), these would have been wooden buildings and the wooden fortified walls that surrounded them.

Both buildings you see above have ground floors reinforced with stones dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. In 1569 the upper floor was added. One house was extended during the 18th century and thus the Shoemakers’ Passage appeared, a narrow vaulted way:

through The Secret Shoemakers Passage, Pasajul Pantofarilor, Sibiu footsteps echo
Inside Shoemakers’ Passage, Sibiu

I think it would have been dark and humid when it was first built. The stone structure would have felt quite cramped, and only the light at the end of the tunnel would have coaxed someone to venture through it:

Shoemakers Passage Sibiu The stone structure would have felt quite cramped, and only the light at the end of the tunnel would  have coaxed someone to venture through it
I can hear the echoes of my footsteps… and something else, embedded in the stone.

Today, Shoemakers’ Passage is darker during the day than it is during night time. Let’s go in, only a 19 meters stroll:

We emerge (or perhaps it is the Shoemakers Passage that released us…) into the light of the quaint Small Square, Piata Mica, Sibiu, one of my favorite places! And look at that sky:

Shoemakers Passage Pasajul Pantofarilor, the exit in Small Square
Shoemakers Passage Pasajul Pantofarilor, the exit in Small Square

You probably guessed, it was the Shoemakers’ Guild that was in charge with this area as here, in the Small Square and under the three arches resting on stone pillars (above) the shoemakers sold most of their produce.

A few more sunny doors from Sibiu since I’m participating in the weekly Thursday Doors challenge over on Dan Antion’s blog – have a look, it’s only a click away!

Let’s take a peek through this keyhole with its intricate escutcheon:

escutcheon keyhole detail on door Pielarilor Sibiu
On a historical house, an intricate escutcheon, a flat piece of metal for protection and often ornamentation, around a keyhole (door handle, or light switch).

Two more houses with big gates, as it is the custom here, and one with a face

I like the long house below. Such gates always opens into an inner yard where the main entrance in the house lies. In case you wonder, this photo was taken at 10am on a sunny winter morning – the sun is still low, the light still kind:

a long house with big green gate Pielarilor Str, Lederergasse, Sibiu
A long house with big green gate, Tanners Str. (Lederergasse / Pielarilor), Sibiu – a bakery functioned on this street in 1616

I have 100-word stories set in Sibiu in my latest book, Dreamland: a resin legend, a tale with a dragon’s tail, a story about a giant’s breeches, a legend of swords crossed, testing the myth of lying on the Lie Bridge of Sibiu, and more:

Dreamland legends folklore myths from Sibiu Transylvania

We will return to Sibiu in the near future. There’s still so much MORE to discover and I am excited to share it with you. Sign up to my blog posts and lets journey together:

13 Replies to “The Secret Shoemakers Passage, Pasajul Pantofarilor, Sibiu”

  1. HI Patricia, a great idea for the post. I love the video. I already have Dreamland and I will get to it sometime in the next few months. My TBR is going to fall over and crush me soon – smile.

    1. Thank you for visiting and for watching, Roberta. Oh, that video waited patiently since December. I am glad I could post it.
      I hope you will enjoy Dreamland, when you will get to it. I know ow how fast the TBR pile can grow… I have over 25 books on mine.

  2. The light at the end of the tunnel…it looks extra mysterious in greyscale. And what a lovely ending to it! I also really like those green doors. (K)

  3. This is a wonderful post, Patricia! I love that image at the top. The passage is haunting, and the beginning of the post drew me in. The photos are great. Even though it’s a small space, I could imagine wandering around here for a good long time.

    1. Yes, I also enjoyed writing it. Took me down the rabbit whole. I was just telling my husband that I have an ever growing list of things to see and stare at next time we visit Sibiu ✨️

  4. Another interesting spot to visit in Sibiu. Thank you for sharing, Patricia. I’m trying to figure out how this shoemakers passage looked in the old days compared to how it looks now.

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