World's Coolest Staircases

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Skip the elevator: these unique staircases take cool to new heights.

Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, Lamego, Portugal

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It takes effort to reach this Baroque church at the top of an exquisite granite staircase with 686 steps. But at least it’s not straight uphill the entire way. You’ll want to pause to admire the detail work—and catch your breath—on nine platforms decorated with intricate tiles, fountains, and statues. Construction began in the 18th century but wasn’t finished until the early 20th century. Each year, there is a festival that culminates in early September with a pilgrimage here that includes a torchlight procession, concerts, and dancing. —Lyndsey Matthews

World's Coolest Staircases

Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, Lamego, Portugal

It takes effort to reach this Baroque church at the top of an exquisite granite staircase with 686 steps. But at least it’s not straight uphill the entire way. You’ll want to pause to admire the detail work—and catch your breath—on nine platforms decorated with intricate tiles, fountains, and statues. Construction began in the 18th century but wasn’t finished until the early 20th century. Each year, there is a festival that culminates in early September with a pilgrimage here that includes a torchlight procession, concerts, and dancing. —Lyndsey Matthews

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