Depaldo Stairs

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Depaldo Stone Steps
Public stairs
Russian: Депальдовская лестница, also Старая каменная лестница'
View from Grecheskaya Street towards the Gulf of Taganrog and the Pushkin Embankment
View from Grecheskaya Street towards the Gulf of Taganrog and the Pushkin Embankment
Design: Francesco Boffo
Opening date: 1823
Steps: 110[citation needed]
Location: Turgenevskaya Street
Taganrog, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Coordinates: 47°12′47″N 38°56′17″E / 47.21306°N 38.93806°E / 47.21306; 38.93806

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 Imperial Russia it was the famous stairs in South Russia, similar to the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa.

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).

One of the short stories written by Soviet Russian Ivan Vasilenko titled Sundial (Russian: Солнечные часы) was dedicated to the sundial near the Old Stone Steps.

Views of Depaldo stone stairs[edit]

External links and references[edit]

  • Энциклопедия Таганрога. — Ростов-на-Дону: Ростиздат, 2003
  • Гаврюшкин О.П. По старой Греческой... (Хроника обывательской жизни). — Таганрог: Лукоморье, 2003. — 514 с. — ISBN 5-901565-15-0.