A source of controversy, this winding staircase in Loretto Chapel has been called miraculous by some, a hoax by others. A local legend suggests that the staircase was built by St. Joseph himself, while recently Mary Jean Straw has published a book claiming the builder was a French immigrant named Fracois-Jean Rochas. The Loretto Chapel is now a privately operated museum.
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Architecture, Modern -- 19th century; Architecture -- Religious architecture -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe;
United States of America
Smolski, Chet, "Loretto Chapel: Mysterious Staircase" (1993). Smolski Images. 605.
religious architecture, historic buildings, New Mexico, Loretto Chapel