Extravagant staircases from around the world

We love coming across weird and wonderful staircases. And with so many inspiring designs around to admire, situated in all kinds of places; from historical buildings and palaces to office blocks in city centres, we picked out just a small selection of our favourite and most extravagant staircases from around the world.

contemporary staircase

This stunning contemporary staircase design by Zaha Hadid Architects sits in the MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. It won the RIBA Stirling Prize for the greatest contribution to British architecture in 2010 and we can see why.

traditional staircase

Located in Portugal, the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, with its zig zag Baroque style staircase was designed by Carlos Amarante in the 18th century. Littered with themed statues and fountains, this breathtaking staircase was traditionally climbed by pilgrims on their hands and knees.

wooden staircase

With its dark wood balustrades and deep red stairs, this extravagant take on a traditional staircase sits inside Lello Bookshop in Portugal, built in 1906 by the Lello Brothers, Jose and Antonio.

tulip staircase

Known as The Tulip Stairs, this quintessentially English staircase design sits in none other than the Queen’s House in Greenwich. Thought to be the first unsupported spiral stair in Britain, the staircase is famous for an alleged ghost sighting, captured in a photograph of the stairs back in 1966.

st pancras staircase

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London was opened by Queen Victoria in 1873 and was forever immortalized in the famous Spice Girls video over 100 years later. The lavish carpets and wallpaper compliment the railway architecture perfectly.

rococo staircase2

This incredibly intricate and ornate staircase sits inside the Palazzo Biscari in Sicily. The Rococo style staircase is surrounded by traditional Italian frescos and dates back to the 17th century.

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