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World's Most Mysterious Buildings: Loretto Chapel

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Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, NM

The imposing Gothic Revival church’s spiral staircase is a woodwork masterpiece that somehow connects the choir loft to the ground-level pews—without a central column for stability, and with wooden pegs instead of nails.

Mystery: Legend has it that an anonymous carpenter built the staircase in 1878 then disappeared without pay.

Visit: Just around the corner is La Posada de Santa Fe, a three-story Victorian mansion turned art-stuffed hotel. Suite 100 was the bedroom of previous owner Julia Staab, and her spirit is said to haunt it.

—Adam H. Graham


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