Sometimes The Answer is Clear
Yesterday, when I saw that this week’s Theme Thursday was stairs, well, it didn’t take much for me to choose what to write about.
If yer talking New Mexico and yer talking stairs, then naturally…yer talking about Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe.
It is a stunningly beautiful and magical place.
For those unfamiliar, in the 1850’s the Loretto Chapel was being constructed, and when finished the Sisters of Loretto realized that, for whatever reason, no one planned a staircase to get from the floor of the church to the choir loft.
In addition, the chapel was made pretty small, so any staircase built would have to manage the impossibly small space.
The sisters were distraught at this situation and out of money for construction, so they prayed mightily about it. Legend has it that a man with carpentry skills arrived at the chapel and spent about six months creating an elaborate staircase that still stands today, the left without being paid.
The staircase is made from wood not native to the area, makes two full 360 degree turns with no center post for support, and uses only wood pegs, no nails or glue.
The chapel and the staircase have become busy tourist attractions and the chapel is also a very popular place to get married.
I’d hoped to be married there myself, but logistics were too difficult between California and New Mexico.
Enjoy a beautiful photo of the “miracle” staircase, one of my favorite destinations in the great State of New Mexico.
Photo taken by user jfelderh and found at travel.webshots.com