Mysterious spiral staircase of Loretto Chapel in New Mexico

By Karen Harris
Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The design may have been inspired by the Paris Sainte Chapel. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Back in 1873, the Sisters of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico, hired workers to build a chapel on the grounds of the Loretto Academy, a women’s school they ran. The original architect of the chapel died during the construction process, and when the workers had completed the job, everyone soon realized the architect had made a big mistake. He did not include a way for people to ascend the twenty-some feet into the choir loft. They called in experts who all told them that the only way to get into the choir loft was a ladder…a traditional staircase would take up too much room. The Sisters prayed for a miracle…and they received a miracle!