14 Jaw Dropping Staircases Across the World You Would Fancy to Climb

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Staircases Across the World

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Many people find it tiresome to climb. But will it be the same if you some of the most spectacular and breathtaking steps to climb up before you? Definitely not! Art has always defined itself through structures, monuments and civilizations, and sometimes through these staircases as well. Let us see some of the most dramatic emblems of art through these staircases:

1. The Artistic Staircase in UK

 

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Visit the Universe Cascade in UK that is located on a slope that runs down the back of the Gardens of Cosmic Speculation (Dumfries, Scotland), forming an axis between the snail mound and the rear of the house and consists of a steep series of steps. To make the place more interesting and inspiring, a giant rock and a bench for contemplation were installed at each level for individuals to use as they climbed steeply upwards.

2. Spiral Staircase in Taihang Mountains, China

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This is a 300-foot staircase tugged to the mountain face in the Taihang Mountains in Linzhou, China. Climbing these staircases offers you the thrill of mountaineering without that danger to accompany. What’s more? The View gets better and more majestic as you climb up.

3. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco

 

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Believed to be the world's largest mosaic staircase, this beautiful staircase was conceived by Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr and San Francisco mosaic artist Colette Crutcher.

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4. Bridge-Stair, Switzerland

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Relatively a new structure, this staircase was designed by engineer Jürg Conzett and his associate Rolf Bachofner. They solved the problem of connecting two different elevations over the gorge by creating a staircase.

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5. Haiku Stairs, Hawaii, USA

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Breath taking to the core, this staircase is also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haiku Ladder. The trail began as a wooden ladder spiked to the cliff on the south side of the Haiku Valley. It was installed in 1942 to enable antenna cables to be strung from one side of the cliffs above Haiku Valley to the other.

6. Chand Baori, India

 

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A stepped well that unfolds the tradition and heritage of India, Chand Baori is a situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Constructed in 800 CE, this stepped well consists of 3500 narrow steps in 13 stories extend 100 feet (30 m) into the ground, making it one of the deepest (and largest) stepwells in India.

7. Vertigo Staircase at the QVB Building, Australia

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This sight in Sydney's Grand Queen Victoria Building was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898. It has an elaborate Romanesque architecture that makes it awe inspiring.

8. Canyon Steps, Ecuador

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Located next to the waterfall Pailon del Diablo in Ecuador, the canyon steps is considered to be one of the most popular attractions in the area. Wow! Look at that depth!

9. Awaji Hyakudanen, Japan

 

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Translated as the stage of dreams, this staircase embellishes the gardens of Awaji Yumebutai. This 100-level garden consists of 100 squares of terraced smaller gardens.

10. Bueren Mountain, Belgium

 

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This 374 steps long staircase in Lige, Belgium was built in 1881 to allow soldiers on top of the hill to go down to the centre without having to walk through the dangerous alleys. The structure is named for 15th century aristocrat Vincent de Bueren, from what is now the the Dutch province of Gelderland, who defended the city of Lige from an attack by the Duke of Burgundy.

11. Stairs Above the Sea, Spain

 

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The sheer beauty! Located on the island Gaztelugatxe in Spain, this staircase forms as a nexus between the mainland and a hermitage that dates from the 10th century. This hermitage is accessed by a narrow path, crossing the solid stone bridge, and going up 237 steps.

12. Potemkin Stairs, Ukraine

 

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This is a giant stairway in Odessa, Ukraine and is considered to be the formal entrance into the city from the direction of the sea. This monumental staircase is the best known symbol of Odessa.

13. Moses Bridge Stairs, Netherlands

 

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Built in early 17th century, Fort de Roovere is surrounded by a moat and was originally built without a bridge. Yet, as part of a recent restoration program, it required the addition of an access bridge. Out of respect for the fort’s original island status, Netherlands-based RO&AD constructed the Moses Bridge Stairs, a discreet 'sunken' bridge that sits flush with the line of the soil and the water. The result is an almost invisible bridge that partially immerses pedestrians into the moat.

14. Vatican Museum, Italy

 

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Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, these broad steps in a spiral shape make up one of the most amazing staircases in the world.

So which one of these staircases would you like to climb? Let us know.

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