St. Joseph stairs
La Villa Real de Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi, or Royal City of Saint Faith. Francis of Assisi. It was once called today Santa Fe, the capital of the state of New Mexico. Why should you mention it? What is so unusual in this is less than 50 thousand. Town? Listen. It was in 1852. Then the nuns from the congregation of Our Lady of Light from Loreto decided to look for a new headquarters. To promote faith and take care of the needy they moved from Kentacky to Santa Fe. The struggles, seizures, sickness and poverty that prevailed in this town were to experience the sisters in their vocation, as servants of God. They built religious nuns for novices, taught to read and write Mexican and Indian children who lived in Santa Fe. It lasted twenty years. After this period the nuns decided to build a chapel. Bishop Lama, who was then the highest church dignitary in the area
he decided that the chapel would be a faithful reflection of the Parisian Sainte - Chapelle. The chapel was designed by architect Paul Mouly. The chapel was to be 22.5 meters long, 7 meters wide and 25.5 meters high. Next to the entrance was the choir, or the place where the nuns would sing pious songs. It's been five years. It is year 1878. Construction of the chapel was completed. The cost of its construction as in those years amounted to 30 thousand. dollars. They began preparing for the visit of the bishop, who was to dedicate the object. When the date of his visit was determined, the chapel's decoration - especially the stained-glass windows - was lovely, the choir platform was skilfully composed, but there were no stairs linking the chapel to the choir. Is this an oversight of the architect? Is it during construction work - have you forgotten to combine the chapel with the staircase? I do not know. In any case, the choir was built according to plan but without stairs it was impossible to get there. So we started to wonder what to do. Carpenter called. They estimated that adding stairs was impossible because they would take up too much space in the chapel. Another way to get up is to think up. Ladder. However, this way of entering the choir did not appeal to the sisters. Those disgraced by such a makeshift, decided to seek help in prayer. They directed them to St. Joseph, who - as we know he was a carpenter by profession. After a few days, an old gray man knocked on the donkey's door and offered a small job. He learned about the sorrows of his sisters and suggested to his mother that he could handle the construction of the stairs. The superior sisters of innate courtesy, but not believing in the reality of his declaration, agreed. Well, why would she believe a simple man, since skilled carpenter said that this venture is unrealistic. Nevertheless, she gave her consent. It took several months. The sisters watched day after day as the old gray man saw boards, soaked them in bales, fit one another, knocked, and slowly raised spirally spiraling - from the floor to the platform of the choir - the stairs. Using only saw, angle and hammer. Until the day when Magdalena's mother wanted to settle for a gray carpenter, for the service rendered. Unfortunately the carpenter was nowhere to be found. They started looking for him, but without success. Well, why would she believe a simple man, since skilled carpenter said that this venture is unrealistic. Nevertheless, she gave her consent. It took several months. The sisters watched day after day as the old gray man saw boards, soaked them in bales, fit one another, knocked, and slowly raised spirally spiraling - from the floor to the platform of the choir - the stairs. Using only saw, angle and hammer. Until the day when Magdalena's mother wanted to settle for a gray carpenter, for the service rendered. Unfortunately the carpenter was nowhere to be found. They started looking for him, but without success. It turned out that no one else in the area, except the sisters, did not see him. Not much is known from where the carpenter took the wood to the stairs, because no material composition did sell in that period of wood in such quantities.A stairs? And the stairs are standing, and they are still standing today. They are admired by numerous tourists, enjoying their eyes with their extraordinary appearance. An unknown craftsman built them from 33 degrees, putting in two complete turns, each with a full 360 degrees. The most striking, however, is that these stairs do not have a central support that holds them vertically! They also have no supports and reinforcements. A mysterious old man to join the stairs did not use a single nail. He fastened it on the wooden pins, joining the plane of the steps in seven places inward, on the so-called. Framework, and in nine places outside. That carpenter, however, had forgotten something. He did not build balustrade for the sisters, so that there was something to hold on to the choir. It was built only two years later. Today, architects, designers, and all the other people who are dealing with the "construction" who come to admire this incredible construction, agree that these stairs are unlikely to stand. In their opinion, they should collapse soon after they have been executed, and since then it has been over 120 years. And although they are used daily, they still stand and look like new! But that is not the end of the unusual. In addition to the fact that it was not known who, wood is unknown from whom taken, let's add that wood is still unknown today. It is not known what kind of species. By the way, down the stairs, whether down or up - it seems that both turns - each one after 360 degrees - are approaching each other. I believe that the prayers of the sisters for that staircase have been heard, so that this enigmatic old man, the gray carpenter who built them, was to be St. Joseph himself. Is that true, we probably will never know.