|Depaldo Stone Steps|
|Russian: Депальдовская лестница, also Старая каменная лестница'|
|Dedicated to:||Gerasim Depaldo|
Taganrog, Rostov Oblast, Russia
The Depaldo Stone Steps (Russian: Депальдовская лестница, also Старая каменная лестница) was constructed in 1823 by the project of the Italian architect Francesco Boffo with the money of Taganrog's Greek merchant Gerasim Depaldo at the crossroads of Greek Street (near Tchaikovsky House in Taganrog) and Depaldo Street (now Turgenevskaya Street) in Taganrog. The stairway begins up on the hill in downtown and goes down ending near Azov seashore (Pushkin Embankment).
In World War II, the Old Stone Steps were heavily damaged, but stayed one of the major tourist attractions of Taganrog. In the 1970s it was reconstructed, but not finished. The new major reconstruction was made in 2005. During the latest reconstruction all the old stone steps were replaced by new stones.
At the top of the steps on Grecheskaya Street stands a sundial (1833).
Views of Depaldo stone stairs
Greek street in Taganrog with entrance to Depaldo stone stairs (on right side) and pedestal for sun-dial (a stone cube in center) (photo 1900s (decade)).
Sundial near Old Stone Steps, photo of 2006.