The stairs in rue Denis Papin of 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. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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 or stairs.  The story goes that since the 19C, the escalier rue Denis-Papin stairs 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 10 km, leading to the  Pont Jacques Gabriel bridge, spanning the Loire river, and beyond to Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt. The Denis-Papin stairs is a monumental stairs in stone, 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 stairs of 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.

I was not in town but in year 2019 marked 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 anniversaries, the steps of the Denis-Papin stairs were completely covered with the famous Mona Lisa painting, from April to October 2019 !! Awesome

The city of Blois on the stair of rue Denis Papin:

There you go folks, another nice walking experience in lovely Blois,worth the detour me think for the whole family or a romantic walk indeed. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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