I Musei Vaticani doppia elica scala a chiocciola II
“The Vatican Museums double helix spiral staircase II”…
This modern double helix staircase is located in the Vatican Museum, and commonly referred to as the "Bramante Staircase" after the original architect who built the first staircase in 1505.
It is unlikely that the Vatican realized, when it commissioned Giuseppe Momo to build a staircase in 1932, that it would become one of the most photographed pieces in a museum that boasts 9 miles of art. The Spiral Staircase, also called the Momo Staircase or the Snail Staircase, is made up of two wrought iron stairways – one going up, one going down – that curve in a double helix. Ironically, it was created in a time before the double helix became a symbol for science, DNA, and subsequently, all human life. While the staircase was once walked by every visitor to the Vatican Museum on their way in, it is no longer on the route and closed to the public. Fortunately, my Roman tour guide, once again speaking with the guards, allowed me under the ropes to take a rare image without visitors present.
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