World's Coolest Staircases

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

Louvre, Paris

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Architect I. M. Pei’s controversial addition of a 71-foot glass pyramid is now as iconic as the Louvre’s original 18th-century structure. This staircase within the pyramid leads visitors down to the Louvre’s subterranean plaza. Centered in the museum’s old stone courtyard and unveiled in 1989, the pyramid has become a preferred entryway to the galleries. —Briana Fasone

World's Coolest Staircases

Louvre, Paris

Architect I. M. Pei’s controversial addition of a 71-foot glass pyramid is now as iconic as the Louvre’s original 18th-century structure. This staircase within the pyramid leads visitors down to the Louvre’s subterranean plaza. Centered in the museum’s old stone courtyard and unveiled in 1989, the pyramid has become a preferred entryway to the galleries. —Briana Fasone

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