Colorado College / Salamanca / sophomore year / Spain / Summer / Travel

Day 12 in España – the Scala Coeli!

So…

Today was an interesting day because we went (as a class) to visit the Scala Coeli – during class hours! I had my usual 9am breakfast of 5 round breakfast biscuits, hot milk mixed with Nesquick powder, and some fruit – this time, sliced pineapple. It was really fun visiting the Scala Coeli, and I’m glad I had fully charged my camera the night before – the view from the top of the towers was beautiful!

Scala Coeli

Scala Coeli

entrance to the Scala Coeli

entrance to the Scala Coeli

more stairs...

more stairs…

We visited the Scala Coeli at around 10:30am. We had to walk up several flights of stairs before reaching a museum-like room filled with artifacts and small models of the building. It was a bit annoying that the literature was placed inside glass cases (even if the glass was for protection) because it was very difficult for the camera flash NOT to reflect off the glass.

blueprint of the Scala Coeli

blueprint of the Scala Coeli

literature behind glass

literature behind glass

if only I could read the book...

if only I could read the book…

1st model of the building

1st model of the building

2nd model of the building

2nd model of the building

3rd model of the building

3rd model of the building

4th model of the building

4th model of the building

After we viewed the entire room, we lined up to walk up several more flights of stairs to the top of the Scala Coeli. The lady in charge of group divisions allowed us all to go up together after we told her that we were from the Colegio de España. I’m pretty sure we were all tired of stairs after a while, but when we finally made it to the top the view was definitely worth it!

I can see the light!

I can see the light!

I was the unofficial group photographer today, so it was really funny walking between the two towers and going up and down the spiral staircase. The view from the top was amazing, and even though the spiral staircase made me feel a bit dizzy and claustrophobic (there were no windows) it was a necessary evil.

a trip to Narnia...err, the top of the Scala Coeli

a trip to Narnia…err, the top of the Scala Coeli

let the spiraling begin!

let the spiraling begin!

are we there yet?

are we there yet?

it's never-ending!

it’s never-ending!

finally at the top!

finally at the top!

Because I was the unofficial photographer, my classmates felt it was necessary for me to have “postcard-worthy pictures” (aka Facebook profile picture-worthy pictures) as well. Of course, they all came out great, though the varying angles are proof that people of different heights took the pictures.

view from one tower

view from one tower

view from the other tower

view from the other tower

I am definitely not afraid of heights, but I must admit that crossing between the two top towers was no easy feet, especially since the walkway was narrow AND tilted sideways. The pictures of the tower itself were definitely amazing though!

what a great view!

what a great view!

a view of the bells from the top of the Scala Coeli

a view of the bells from the top of the Scala Coeli

one of the bells from up close!

one of the bells from up close!

After our short tour of the Scala Coeli, it was sadly time to head back to class. The rest of the day passed by as usual, with a lot of homework done at the internet cafe. I’m glad we had a ton of homework today though, because tomorrow we have a light homework load and I plan to go and do some shopping at El Corte Ingles, an 8-story shopping mall somewhat like Rustan’s back home.

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