The Spiral Staircase
Here’s a photo of one of the most photographed staircases in the world. It is located in Vatican city and leads from the Vatican Museum down to the street level. The staircase was designed as a double helix: it is made of two intertwined spirals; one leads down the other goes upwards. Its kinda weird to walk up and down these stairs because the steps are of varying widths and lengths and are sloped. You have to pay attention or you could end up at the bottom quicker than desired.
Two things are are interesting to me about this photo. First, when I took this photo I didn’t realize how popular this staircase was. I was leaving the Vatican museum and said wow this is interesting and snapped the photo. I also decided to snap a photo from the bottom of the staircase looking up because there is a cool skylight illuminating the stair case. I didn’t realize the popularity of the staircase until months later when I was doing some research. Secondly, it is rare to see this staircase photographed with no one on it. I got lucky. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.
- Brian Hardnett
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