In the heart of the Belgian city of Liège, there is an urban staircase whose origins are rather amusing. The landmark is called Bueren Mountain, it was built in 1881 and juts through a rift between the city’s buildings as though a former road was simply covered in stairs.
However, the staircase came to be, simply to help soldiers resist the temptation of the dark city alleys where prostitutes roamed and the tavern beer flowed freely.
The steep set of stairs (374 in all) could enable the safe transit of troops from the top of the hill to the city center without going through the less savoury zones of Leige.
The so-called “mountain” was named after 15th century aristocrat Vincent de Bueren, who led a defense of the city of Liège in response to an attack by the Duke of Burgundy.
Despite the fact it is merely a very large staircase the Bueren Mountain is one of the highlights in this historic city.