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The earliest evidence of spiral staircases is in a temple in Sicily that was thought to be constructed around 480–470 BC, and I don’t feel that I’m exaggerating when I say, and they’ve been super popular pretty much ever since. Spiral staircases have been a center piece feature of just about every architectural era, and we still just cannot get enough of them. Many travelers will happily go out of their way to visit a specific town or city just because they’ve been made aware of a specific building that is said to have one specific crazy rad spiral staircase. We carry this obsession as a human species, spiral staircases know no national or cultural bounds, they are prevalent in everything from religious structures, to houses, to castles and palaces, to schools, to libraries and government buildings, to lighthouses… basically any building that has multiple floors, there’s a pretty good chance that if it doesn’t have a spiral staircase, everyone wishes it did. They take our breath away (sometimes literally, you know, fitness, climbing, always worth it though). Not only are they an art in their own existence but they basically also have their own genre of photography these days too. These 20 examples are sure to have you totally rescheduling your next trip itinerary to include a visit. 

1. Bory Castle, Hungary

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American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.


  1. These are amazing! I’ve seen only one in person and that was at the Vatican. I once read about a hotel in Iceland that has a really cool staircase. Wish I had written the name of it down so I could visit someday.

    • Was it maybe the Radisson Blu 1919 hotel or the ice staircase of the Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls? Those are both supposed to be pretty amazing.


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