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The Mysterious Carpenter

There’s More to This Staircase Than You Think

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Why is UndiscoveredWanderings posting about a spiral staircase in a chapel in New Mexico? Because there’s a story behind it, of course. Actually, no one really knows who built it. Perhaps what’s more impressive is how it was built. Too bad we can’t tell you, because we don’t know. Actually, no one knows.

Legend tells of a mysterious carpenter that wandered into the chapel over 100 years ago, looking for work. He soon built this elegant staircase and then left. To this day, no one fully understands how the spiral masterpiece supports itself. It’s been functional for over a century, but there’s no support structure to be seen, believed to be held together by pegs, not nails.

Some things are better left a mystery. 

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