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THE CHAPEL OF LORETTO AT SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO.
IT WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1878.
WHEN THE SISTERS OF LORETTO WENT TO PAY THE CARPENTER, HE WAS GONE. THE STRANGER DISAPPEARED WHEN
THE STAIRCASE WAS FINISHED.
HE WAS NOT SEEN AGAIN.
THE MYSTERIOUS STAIRCASE PERPLEXES EXPERTS TO THIS DAY.
ONLY WOODEN PEGS WERE USED. THERE ARE TWO 360 DEGREE TURNS. QUESTIONS SURROUND THE NUMBER OF STAIR RISERS (33) COMPARED TO THE HEIGHT OF THE ORNATE CHOIR LOFT.
THE TYPES OF WOOD AND MATERIALS
USED TO CONSTRUCT THE MIRACULOUS MASTERPIECE ARE NOT FOUND IN
THERE WAS NO BANISTER.
THE EXISTING CURVED RAILING
WAS ADDED MANY YEARS LATER.
THE CARPENTER'S MYSTERIOUS STAIRCASE
The staircase was built by a stranger who arrived at the Chapel Of Loretto, riding a donkey. He carried a carpenter's toolbox.
Inside the man's toolbox was only one hammer, a saw and T-square. It took
him eight months to complete the very
sturdy spiral staircase using no nails,
no dowels and no center support.
He had completed the staircase in a very small space, making two complete 360 turns with perfection. He fashioned
the curves, using pegs to hold the
33 steps together. Symbolic that
Christ lived on earth 33 years.