The Piere a Ruskin is a beautiful bronze medallion etched into a big rock near the bottom of the Brevent lift near the center of Chamonix. There is road leading up to the monument that bares the same name: Chemin de la Pierre a Ruskin. From there you will climb up and look for a trail that leads to the left. You will first pass by a marker for another nearby monument, the Genevieve Bouvier memorial site. Pass this by and the next trail to your left will have a a trail marker indicating the Piere a Ruskin. The stone and bronze plaque itself are not directly along the trail. You will notice a bench and then you have to move to the right into the forest and that is where you will see the rock and the plaque. Our trail to Merlet from Chamonix passes by the Piere a Ruskin.
The bronze plaque was created by sculptor Michel de Tarnowsky and the monument was officiated on July 19, 1925. This website has a lot more information on John Ruskin and the story of the monument. In short, John Ruskin was a writer and painter who spent a lot evenings admiring the views of the mountains from his rock below Brevent. This rock become known the locals at the time as the 'Pierre a Ruskin' or the stone of Ruskin.
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Linked Trails & Points of Interest
These are the trails and points of interests linked to this Memorial
Point to Point Trail:
This trail takes you from the center of Chamonix to the Parc Merlet animal park above Les Houches
When to Go
Mid Apr - End Oct
2.0 - 3.0 Hours
+645m / -163m
7+ Years old
1.0 - 1.5 Hours
Location & Map
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