Blois : the staircase Denis-Papin

The staircase Denis-Papin, located in the city of Blois is a staircase with a panoramic view of the Loire Valley.


In the nineteenth century, as the traffic in the city was difficult, the Eugene Riffault municipality decided to open a street on the axis of the Jacques Gabriel bridge and was inspired by Haussmann’s works in Paris.

Eugene Riffault ordered the architect Jules de La Morandière to climb a staircase, a monumental version of the traditional Budean steps along the street. The work began in 1862 and ended in 1865. However, the staircase was never built in the original version with fountain and stone balustrades.

Built in homage to the inventor, whose statue dominates the top of the steps, the staircase Denis Papin opens a long perspective towards the south.

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