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World's Coolest Staircases

world's coolest staircases: Chateau de Blois

Dana Merdariu

Staircase Tower, Château de Blois, France

The Renaissance kings and queens of France chose this Loire Valley palace as their preferred residence and continued making refinements. When François I took over in 1515, he made his own mark by adding a wing with this staircase tower—notable for the interior’s beautiful spiral staircase and for an ornately carved exterior that mimics the likeness of a tower. It turned out to be the most recognizable part of the Château de Blois. When Richard Morris Hunt designed the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, he built a similar tower that spirals in the opposite direction. —Lyndsey Matthews

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