City of Santa Fe. in New Mexico, USA
A mystery of over 130 years and attracting over 250,000 visitors each year
Point of Interest: Loretto Chapel
What makes this chapel different from all others is that the supposed miracle that took place in it is a staircase
A chapel was constructed in 1898. When it was ready, the nuns found that there was no staircase to take them to the choir loft 22 feet above.
Carpenters called in for advice said there was no way to build a stair case in the small place.
The nuns spent 9 days praying to St. Joseph, who was a carpenter, for a solution.
On the 9th day of the novena, and 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 carpentry.
None knew how the staircase could stand by itself as it had two 360 degree turns and 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 rumor in Santa Fe, that the carpenter was St. Joseph himself…
… sent by Jesus Christ to attend to the nun’s problem. Since then, the staircase was known to be called “miraculous” and turned out to be the site for pilgrimage.
There are 3 mysteries in this case, says the spokesman for the chapel:
The 1st mystery is that, until today, the identity of the man is not known.
The second mystery – all the architects, engineers and scientist say that they cannot understand how this staircase can balance without any central support.
And the 3rd mystery – from where did the wood come? They have checked and found out that the type of wood used does not exist in the entire region.
There is another detail that has just increased the supposed belief in the miracle:
The staircase has 33 steps, the age of Jesus Christ.