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The staircase of king of Aragon: photo description (Escalier du roi d'aragon)

The staircase of king of Aragon is recognized as not only one of the most interesting sights in the Corsican town of Bonifacio, but also one of the most unusual staircases in the world. Its history is surrounded by legends and has at least two versions of the origin. Bonifacio due to its favorable location on the Mediterranean sea repeatedly attacked. One of the invaders was Alphonse of Aragon, who in 1420 went to war with Genoa for the possession of Corsica.

According to one legend, the stairs were carved into the limestone cliff by the warriors of king Alfonso V of Aragon besieged the city in the first half of the XV century. In one night the army was cut down almost two hundred steps, but to capture the city failed, as it was noticed by townspeople, who immediately raised a fuss. According to another version, the stone stairs carved themselves besieged inhabitants, perishing from thirst. Thus they paved the way to the source of fresh water that was in the cave located in the rock near the water. In addition, as builders stone stairs also called monks-Franciscans, also sought fresh water - though they worked more than one night, and much longer.

Whoever created this ladder, but the work was really done a Grand. The ladder consists of 187 steps, which rise from the water up at an angle of 45 degrees. Stairs carved into the sheer stone wall that descends into the sea. Despite a difficult and tiring climb, the staircase of king of Aragon is very popular among tourists, because it stages spectacular marine paintings. The very same attraction as a whole can be seen from the boat, while walking on the sea.