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Loretto Chapel

 

It was in the year 1610 that the Spanish founded a town that is now known as Santa Fe, the capitol of the state of New Mexico. Santa Fe was originally called the Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi or, as it was named in Spanish, La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi. It was occupied by Indians, Mexicans, and Spanish and was under Spanish control until a war which placed this area under the rule of the New Republic of Mexico for 25 years.

 

Later, As a result of the US victory in the Mexican war, this southwest area was ceded to the United States in 1848. Following the war we find the city of Santa Fe having a multiplicity of cultures. Native American Indian, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo cultures provide a rich, varied and very colorful heritage.

 

At the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands the Loretto Chapel. Inside the Gothic structure is the staircase referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and is sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. The stairway confounds architects, engineers and master craftsmen. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. It rests solely on its base and against the choir loft. The risers of the 33 steps are all of the same height. Made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs without glue or nails.

 

Stay tuned for more on the Miraculous Staircase...

 

 

 

 

Loretto Chapel

 

It was in the year 1610 that the Spanish founded a town that is now known as Santa Fe, the capitol of the state of New Mexico. Santa Fe was originally called the Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi or, as it was named in Spanish, La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi. It was occupied by Indians, Mexicans, and Spanish and was under Spanish control until a war which placed this area under the rule of the New Republic of Mexico for 25 years.

 

Later, As a result of the US victory in the Mexican war, this southwest area was ceded to the United States in 1848. Following the war we find the city of Santa Fe having a multiplicity of cultures. Native American Indian, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo cultures provide a rich, varied and very colorful heritage.

 

At the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands the Loretto Chapel. Inside the Gothic structure is the staircase referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and is sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. The stairway confounds architects, engineers and master craftsmen. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. It rests solely on its base and against the choir loft. The risers of the 33 steps are all of the same height. Made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs without glue or nails.

 

Stay tuned for more on the Miraculous Staircase...

 

 

 

 

comments (15)

  • Hollie
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2015, 02:51
Beautiful and classic.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It truly is!
  • Ray
  • Surin, Thailand
  • 21 Sep 2015, 04:20
Is this where the Big Day proceedings will...umh...proceed, Elizabeth?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh wouldn't that be wonderful?! Nah - we will proceed with the proceedings right here in little ol' Flagstaff! In a charming historic home belonging to the Museum of Northern Arizona. One has to be a member to book any event, or even visit the home - fortunately we are members!
You captured this so well under difficult conditions, Elizabeth, the staircase was indeed remarkable.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Frank! It was a little dark, but somehow my hand was steady enough!
Such a beautiful and cosy place Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is a really lovely little chapel Richard!
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 21 Sep 2015, 06:09
What you tell us about that stairway is amazing, Elizabeth - I look forward to learning more
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Tomorrow I'll have more about the stairway - quite a Miracle if you ask me!
WOW! WOW on the image and WOW on the write-up about the staircase, Elizabeth. WOW-WOW.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile THANK YOU GINNIE!!!!! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Sep 2015, 07:09
This looks wonderful. The light is great and the staircase a thing of beauty.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Astrid! It truly is lovely!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Sep 2015, 07:38
It is a thing of wonder Elizabeth, its designer must have had a very mathematical brain
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I don't think I could even make one stair...
It looks beautiful E and the staircase is amazing
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I wanted to walk up that staircase so badly!
Love the shapes up in the choir loft. Glad to get a glimpse of the miraculous staircase.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is beautifully designed!
This is a beautiful place Elizabeth, so much interesting history in your narrative, and it is indeed a fine staircase. Beautiful windows aren't they.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We don't have much history... compared to that of your little island nation! But this certainly makes a good argument! Those windows are very well done!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Sep 2015, 12:00
Square wooden pegs - back then, each craftsman had apprentices. They had to cut pegs at times they had no other work. Today you have to pay the apprentice and for the pegs if you want them.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ah.... and there you go!
a fine shot and a good history lesson...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Larry!
Amazing what the old craftsmen could do, isn't it?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm awed all the time!
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 27 Sep 2015, 01:04
Beautifully done

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