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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The Spiral Staircase

 
Round and round and round she goes
Spiral staircases have been around long, long ago. You may think they were invented in the Middle Ages, but they've been around a lot longer than that. In the Bible, there were "winding" stairs in Solomon's Temple, and the oldest archaeological remains are thought to be the remnants of a 2,500 year old spiral staircase at a Greek temple in Selinunte, Sicily.

This wonderful example is at Southbank and covers three levels - climbing it is not as easy as it looks.


Today's Quote: Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs - Rudyard Kipling.

13 comments:

Lois said...

Looks like good exercise!

Catarina said...

Me gusto mucho la frase ;))) y no sabia eso de la escalera, buena fotografia de muestra, un abrazo

Jacob said...

This photo takes my breath away! But probably not as much as if I had climbed that fantastic circular staircase! Beautiful!

Paula said...

I think I'd rather climb down these steps than climb up. :) Beautiful staircase though.

diane said...

Interesting shot and good info and appropriate quote.

B SQUARED said...

I'm going to walk down with Paula.

Saretta said...

The colors really pop in this photo!

Bill said...

Is there a lift in the centre?

J Bar said...

It's a beauty.
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Denise said...

This is a marvelous image. Very enjoyable coming to your blog. All your photos are so interesting.

Greyscale Territory said...

Beautifully captured spiral! I still have not walked it but admire its style!

VP said...

A perfectly rational solution which is even beautiful!

Euroangel said...

this sound interesting..want to climb there in the future..wink! following ur lovely blog now..
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Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.