A staircase in Blois!

This is very obvious but because folks hurry up to see the castle it can be considered for me in any case as an off the beaten path thing to see in lovely Blois. You know Blois is in the department 41,  Loir et Cher of the Centre-Val de Loire region of my belle France.

On this post will tell you a bit more on a curiosity in Blois that if you do walking in towns to really see the feel of daily life and get to know places like this one then it should be a must to see. The rue Denis Papin and its wonderful escalier or staircase.


Now, let me tell you something about it ok, hope you enjoy it as we did

Since the 19C, the escalier rue Denis-Papin staircase has linked the upper town and the lower town. At the end of 120 steps, interrupted by four landings, the perspective in good weather can extend over ten km, leading to the Jacques Gabriel Bridge, spanning the Loire and beyond to Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt. The Denis-Papin staircase is a monumental stone staircase and the perspective offered from the Jacques Gabriel bridge crossing the Loire is remarkable.

On the highest landing, a statue represents Denis Papin. Sculpted by Aimé Millet and inaugurated in 1880, even if later renovations were done that came out not the same as the original idea. It pays tribute to the inventor Denis Papin of Blois, who notably imagined the steam engine and whose street below bears his name.

Since 2013, the steps of the staircase rue Denis Papin are regularly dressed in giant visuals echoing the news of Blois. This design, which is highly anticipated each year, allows art to take over public space, energizes the city center, promotes awareness of the city’s cultural highlights, encourages participation and increases the reputation of the city of an original and fun way.

The past year 2019 marks both the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, the 500th anniversary of the birth of Catherine de Medici and the 500th anniversary of the start of construction of the Château de Chambord were celebrated. To celebrate these anniversary and to pay homage to Leonard de Vinci, the steps of the Denis-Papin staircase were completely covered with the famous Mona Lisa painting, from April to October 2019.

The city page of Blois has most of the information translated above : City of Blois on the escalier rue Denis Papin

And there you go another nice walking experience in lovely Blois, a must to do with the whole family or a romantic walk indeed. Enjoy Blois!

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!




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2 Comments to “A staircase in Blois!”

  1. That is indeed a very impressive escalier. I think I would rather walk down it than walk up it!

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