Monday, August 17, 2009

New Mexico: Santa Fe - Loretta Chapel - August 11

Legend says the Sisters prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, to solve the problem of getting up into the balcony. On the last day of their nine day novena a man appeared looking for work. It took him months to finish the staircase and after he finished it, he disappeared without pay and could never be found. Some think maybe it was St. Joseph himself who built the stairway.

The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support, something that still has experts scratching their heads today.

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.

The staircase is quite famous. There was even a television movie titled "The Staircase."

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