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Loretto Chapel
Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction.The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico is known for its unusual spiral staircase that is an exceptional work of carpentry.This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.The construction and builder of the staircase is considered a miracle by the Sisters of Loretto and many who visit it.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 stairways 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 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 stairways 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.

What makes this chapel different from all others is that the subject of the supposed miracle that took place in it is a staircase.A chapel was constructed somewhere in the 19th century. When it was ready, the nuns found that there was no staircase built to take them to the top level. They spent 9 days praying to St. Joseph, who was a carpenter.On the last day, a stranger knocked at their door and said that he was a carpenter who could help them build the staircase.He constructed the staircase, all by himself, which was considered to be the pride of carpentery.None knew how the staircase could stand by itself as it did not have a central support.Then the carpenter, who did not use a single nail or glue to construct this staircase, disappeared without even waiting for his payment.There was a rumour in the city of Santa F that the carpenter was St. Joseph himself, sent by Jesus Christ to attend to the nuns problem. Since then, the staircase was called miraculous and the site for pilgrimages.There are three mysteries about this staircase, says the spokesman of the chapel. The first mystery is that, to this day, the identity of the builder is not known.The second mystery is that the architects, engineers and scientists say that they cannot understand how this staircase can balance without any central support.The third mystery is from where did the wood come? They have checked and found out that the type of wood used to build the staircase does not exist in the entire region.There is another detail that has just increased the belief in the supposed miracle.The staircase has 33 steps, the age of Jesus Christ.The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA is a former Roman Catholic church that is now used as a museum and wedding chapel.[1] It is known for its unusual helix shaped spiral staircase, that may have been created by French carpenter Francois Jean Frenchy Rochas. The Sisters of Loretto credit St. Joseph with its construction.It has been the subject of legend and rumor, and the circumstances surrounding its construction and its builder are considered miraculous by the Sisters of Loretto and many visitors.


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