“Miracle of the Staircase”

City of Santa Fé, in New Mexico, USA. A mystery of over 130 years and attracting around 250,000 visitors every year. Point of attention: Loretto Chapel.  What makes this chapel different from all others is that the subject of the supposed miracle that took place in it is a staircase.

A chapel was constructed somewhere in the 19th century. When it was ready, the nuns found that there was no staircase built to take them to the top level.

They spent 9 days praying to St. Joseph, who was a carpenter.

On the last day, a stranger knocked at their door and said that he was a carpenter who could help them build the staircase.

He constructed the staircase, all by himself, which was considered to be the pride of carpentery.

None knew how the staircase could stand by itself as it did not have a central support.

Then the carpenter, who did not use a single nail or glue to construct this staircase, disappeared without even waiting for his payment.

There was a rumour in the city of Santa Fé that the carpenter was St. Joseph himself, sent by Jesus Christ to attend to the nuns’ problem. Since then, the staircase was called “miraculous” and the site for pilgrimages.
There are three mysteries about this staircase, says the spokesman of the chapel.
The first mystery is that, to this day, the identity of the builder is not known.
The second mystery is that the architects, engineers and scientists say that they cannot understand how this staircase can balance without any central support.
The third mystery is from where did the wood come? They have checked and found out that the type of wood used to build the staircase does not exist in the entire region.

There is another detail that has just increased the belief in the supposed miracle: The staircase has 33 steps, the age of Jesus Christ.


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2 Responses to “Miracle of the Staircase”

  1. In this God LESS world of today, thanks to the author of this informative article— It would have been nice though, if there was a photo of this miracle; will go to Google and see what turns up

  2. Cedric Vaz says:

    (Information taken from http://www.snopes.com)

    Although the Loretto legend maintains that “engineers and scientists say that they cannot understand how this staircase can balance without any central support” and that by all rights it should have long since collapsed into a pile of rubble, none of that is the case. Wood technologist Forrest N. Easley noted (as reported by the Skeptical Inquirer) that “the staircase does have a central support,” an inner wood stringer of such small radius that it “functions as an almost solid pole.”. As well one investigator Mr. Nickell observed when he visited Loretto in 1993 that the structure includes an additional support, “an iron brace or bracket that stabilizes the staircase by rigidly connecting the outer stringer to one of the columns that support the loft.” Nickell concluded: “It would thus appear that the Loretto staircase is subject to the laws of physics like any other.”

    As for the wood used in the stairway’s construction, it has been identified as spruce, but not a large enough sample has been made available for wood analysts to determine which of the ten spruce species found in North America (and thus precisely where) it came from. That the structure may have built without the use of glue or nails is hardly remarkable: nails were often an unavailable or precious commodity to builders of earlier eras, who developed a number of techniques for fastening wood without them.

    All in all, nothing about Loretto’s design or manufacture evidences any sign of the miraculous. The staircase (and the chapel that houses it) is, however, now part of a privately-owned museum operated for profit, a situation that provides its owners with a strong financial motive for perpetuating the legend of its mysterious origins and substance.

    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/loretto.asp#FCe2kEWDaqZjyCFB.99

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