Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Loretto Staircase

I bump into a story that interest me a little and makes me thinks about was a mysterious stairway located somewhere in Mexico..not really think its something just up to you to choose whether you wanna believe it or not..


The Miraculous Staircase
Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction.

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel.

Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.

The stairway's carpenter, whoever he was, built a magnificent structure. The design was innovative for the time and some of the design considerations still perplex experts today. Another mysterious thing is the staircase only has 33 steps which is equivalent to Jesus Chirst's death..

The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs. Questions also surround the number of stair risers relative to the height of the choir loft and about the types of wood and other materials used in the stairway's construction.

Over the years many have flocked to the Loretto Chapel to see the Miraculous Staircase. The staircase has been the subject of many articles, TV specials, and movies including "Unsolved Mysteries" and the television movie titled "The Staircase."

-Loretto Chapel is now a private museum operated and maintained, in part, for the preservation of the Miraculous Staircase and the Chapel itself.



Baby said...

interesting staircase.. must been done with great craftmanship

desmondch said...


- c H i E n - said...

Maybe the 360 degrees turn has given the staircase a natural support.

Yi May said...

cool. very interesting.

desmondch said...

Chien..after a 360 degrees turn..its cant support without a pillar..

Johnny Ong said...

its under preservation bcuz it will drop down any moment hehe

desmondch said...