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Staircase in the Musée national du Moyen Âge, formerly the Musée de Cluny, 6 place Paul Painlevé – 75005 Paris. (Quartier Latin – 5e Arrondissement)
This is the only surviving mediaeval palace in Paris. The original building was the town house or hôtel of the Abbotts of Cluny from 1334. It was rebuilt by the temporarily incumbent abbot, Jacques d’Amboise, between 1485 – 1510, combining both Gothic and Renaissance features.
Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Tudor, lived there in 1515 after the death of Louis XII, her husband.
The hôtel was confiscated by the state in 1789. It was purchased from the state by Alexandre du Sommerard in 1833 to house his collection of medieval and Renaissance art objects. His collection was bought by the state in 1842 on his death and the building was opened as a museum the following year, 1843.
The present gardens opened in 1971.
The stairway to the Panoramic View overlooking Corfu Airport, Kerkira 491008, Greece
“Don’t you mean the stairway to Heaven? Home-made food, coffee, ice cream and soft drinks!” The white building in the background is the 12th century Vlacherna monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Vlacherna.
An unusual staircase in Mandelieu La Napoule, France
“Just put your pyjamas on and get upstairs at once!”
Make sure you hold on to the banister. Oh dear, no banister!
The fashionable and elegantly designed stairs leading up from the golden beach at Saint George South (Ágios Geórgios), Corfu to the Barbayiannis Bar in the village of Argyrádes, Corfu.