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on April 10, 2014

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Do you believe in miracles? If you do, the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe needs to be on your bucket list. IMG_8193This gothic style chapel houses a helix-shaped spiral staircase that has been the stuff of legends ever since a mysterious carpenter built this Miraculous Staircase in 1877. IMG_8161
The story goes like this: In 1872 Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy commissioned a chapel for the Sisters of Loretto who had come from St. Louis across the Mississippi to establish a convent here in the Southwest.
The chapel was erected without any type of stairway to the choir loft since during that time people used ladders to get up and down. Can you imagine the Sisters in their long habits climbing a ladder?
Since chapel was too small, it could not accommodate a standard staircase. Desperate for a way to get up to the choir loft, the nuns began…

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