The Beauty and History of Spiral Staircases
Spiral staircases aren't just beautiful to look at; they're also accompanied by mystery and legend. As one legend goes, in the late 1800s, the nuns of the New Mexico Loretto Chapel needed a stairway to get to the choir loft. The chapel was small, so a regular staircase would not do. For nine days, the nuns prayed for the help of St. Joseph. Soon, a stranger came to the door and told the nuns he would build a staircase. For three months, he locked himself in the chapel. As soon as the staircase was built, the mysterious stranger disappeared, taking his identity with him. The only thing the stranger left behind and was a beautiful spiral staircase, which is still admired today.