The beautiful curves and details!
Amazing craftsmanship! I might get dizzy going up and down.
Thanks Suri and Pat! This is the famous staircase in the Loreto Chapel in Santa Fe. The chapel was built in the late 1800's. The chapel was built by architect Antoine Mouly, who died just before it was completed...and there was no access to the choir loft. The chapel was too small for regular stairs. The sisters of the order there prayed and on the 9th day of prayer a visitor arrived at the door on his mule with tools. He told the Sisters that he was a carpenter. He said he could do the work, which no one else said could be done. His one stipulation was that they not watch. It was agreed. When the staircase was completed the Sisters wanted to celebrate, but he disappeared. There are 33 steps...the age of Jesus at the crucifixion. The staircase wraps around 360* twice. The craftsman did not use nails or glue, only wooden pegs, and there is no central support. No bill of sale for the lumber was found and the wood was not indigenous to Santa Fe. The Sisters believed that the Carpenter was actually Joseph, Jesus' father. The stairs have been nicknamed, St. Joseph's Staircase.
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