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Escalier Monumental

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Address: Boulevard Sadi Carnot, Auch, France

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A challenge for older visitors

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... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
Amble, United Kingdom
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Haute-Garonne, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

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

Thank alanw258
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Most of this staircase was cordoned off for repair/construction. It does give a fantastic view down to the river but to be honest it doesn't really do anything else?!

Thank Soffi S
Amble, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

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.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

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.

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Diamond Bar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

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!

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Gladesville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,783 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2015

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 Gangsta. This OG was a true 15th century hustler specialising in fighting, drinking & generally... More 

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L'Isle-en-Dodon, France
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

When visiting the Cathedrale Sainte Marie in Auch the Excaleir Monumental is a must see. The steps have recently renovated and it is very interesting to see how they manage to make the new construction fit in with the construction that was done in the 1800's. I recommend walking both up and down the stairs as the views are stunning.

Thank keithswfrance
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Historical site famous for the statue of D'Artagnan, supposedly a citizen of the region. I avoided the steep steps and just enjoyed the view.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015

The Escalier Monumental is a big staircase leading from the river to the cathedral. Under renovation it is vastly improved over it's forgotten state, but there is still some work to do on the terraces. If you visit the cathedral, take the time to walk outside round the back and look at the staircase and enjoy the views.

Thank Mark B
Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015

Provides a nice view of the area and has a good statue of d'Artagnan. However, the fountains weren't working. It was 36 degrees out and going up it was not pleasant as there is no shade or benches to sit down on. There is a large, raised metal inscription on the ground that is an odd choice. Walking across it... More 

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