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This staircase is impressive, it takes quite some time to complete and one would nit want to do this around midday in summertime.
It is a good thing that this is being restored, you can see the wear-and-tear of the ages and it would be...More
This is a good example of the architecture of European elegance. The Escalier begins at the foot of the cathedral, and ends at the river Gers. If you are in Auch, it is worth seeing, and taking a walk.
Having had major repairs over the recent past this stair case is a challenge to climb but worth the effort. It links street level at the riverside and the area at the back of the cathedral saint Marie - also recently refurbished
The steps to the top are a real 'killer' but the view from the top makes it well worth the effort. Fortunately, there are plenty of cafes alongside and surrounding it so recovery doesn't take too long.
The Grand Staircase is outside to the rear of the Auch Cathedral. It has magnificent views of the Gascon countryside. Auch is the capital of the Gers Department, formerly Gascony, so it's no surprise that the Grand Staircase hosts a statue of favorite son d'Artagnan.
Alexandre Dumas based his famous novels about D'Artangan and his compatriots on local Gascon legends. Halfway through the climb/descent, pause to study one of France's more famous swashbucklers, avec panache!
Only a fool would look at the Escalier Monumental & say it is ‘just a staircase’, others would recognise the statue of the hero d’Artagnan. Who is this d’Artagnan you say? This gentleman in his day is what kids today call an OG - Original...More