A Minute to Contemplate
Perhaps what makes the image on this souvenir from United States appealing is quite simply the geometric elements involved. The chapel almost appears as though it was sketched by hand from a big sheet of notepad paper. This is pretty easy to understand when you admire the balance that the building exhibits. Kind of like if you were to fold that notepad paper in half everything would align. It's a pretty peaceful and unassuming scene in which the light invited the viewer to put their mind at ease and take a minute to think and contemplate. This is Loretto Chapel, one of the most intriguing churches in the American Southwest.
And why Intriguing?
If visiting Loretto, the visitor can't miss Loretto Chapel. Originally a Catholic church that served the surrounding community, it is now a museum and also a favorite site for couples wishing to get married. The chapel is specially famous for its staircase which even served as the inspiration for a movie produced in 1998 called The Staircase. It is not quite clear the real story of the staircase or what makes it so mysterious.
Perhaps each Loretto resident has a different story about the staircase. But, apparently, what created the mystery was its process of construction. It is said that an intriguing carpenter offered his services the nuns to design and build the stairs. The nuns were worried about getting the choir quarters and they accepted the carpenter's offer even though his working conditions were rather unorthodox. He constructed the staircase using primitive tools and working secretly. Once his work was completed, he disappeared leaving no trace. The mystery as to who he was and where he got the wood to build the spiraling and intricate stairs remains a mystery until today. If you love mysteries, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.