Built in 1887 Chapell Loretto Stands as a historical landmark in downtown Santa Fe.
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 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."
A great image and a fascinating story around the stairs!
You've lost most of the shadow detail. I know the detail is there because I've copied the image and looked at it in Photoshop. Go to Shadows/Highlights and open the shadows by about 23 and see what you're not showing us.
Wonderful shot and story.
inquadratura molto ben eseguita. very good
Great photo! Very interesting read also!
Well deserving of the front page!