Miraculous Staricase

Picture by bryantbullard

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  • October 16, 2010
  • Picture of the day
  • 10mm
  • Shooting Style Tripod
  • Shoots Number Multiple Exposure
  • Exposures Number -2,0,+2
  • Editing Software Others / Photomatix Pro / Photoshop
  • File Format RAW
  • Notes


16 Oct 13:31

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."

16 Oct 13:42

A great image and a fascinating story around the stairs!

16 Oct 16:09

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.

16 Oct 19:57

Wonderful shot and story.

18 Oct 09:46

inquadratura molto ben eseguita. very good

18 Oct 22:05

Great photo! Very interesting read also!

18 Oct 22:06

Well deserving of the front page!

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