Vatican Museum’s Spiral Staircase

The staircase at the exit of Vatican Museum is yet another architectural splendor of The Vatican City. It is a modern addition to the museum. Built in 1932, designed by Giuseppe Momo, the staircase comprises of two different spiral staircases. One is meant for going up to exhibits and the other for exit. Tourists gather around this architectural marvel, always puzzled which angle of shot would give the complete picture. You will see them stopping at various points along the staircase to get that one perfect last shot.

The two staircases twist like a double helix formation. And it was not built based on the double helical DNA strand, because the structure of the DNA-helix, the molecule that carries genetic information from one generation to the other was discovered much later in 1953. This staircase of Vatican Museum is counted among the ten amazing staircases of the world, see others here.

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57 Responses

  1. Wow, it makes me rather giddy. Great pictures.

  2. that is some architectural marvel that should be seen and photographed.

  3. Joop Zand says:

    SUPERB picture Indrani, really good photowork.

    regards, Joop

  4. Mimi says:

    Woah , Nice 🙂

  5. lotusleaf says:

    Wow! What a picture!

  6. Rajesh says:

    Wonderful shot from the top.

  7. I was there put didn’t get such an inclusive capture of the spiral staircase. The historical significance is an interesting detail. Thanks for sharing this part of your journey.

  8. That[s incredible. It would be hard to figure out the perfect shot, except that you did it.

  9. Hazel says:

    If it wasn't wide or took time to climb up and down, it surely would have made one's head whirl 🙂 That is one awesome staircase.

  10. Ebie says:

    Awesome! You captured it right on the spot!

  11. Evelyn says:

    This is a stunning structure. I think the first photo could be a design in a piece of jewellery…

  12. Onkar says:

    The first one is really stunning

  13. Wren says:

    That's a great photo, Indrani. I didn't know there was a list of great staircases, but I'm going to check it out and see if I've walked on any of them.

    Interesting that it mimics the double helix. I wonder (and I'm over my head mathematically in this) if that is related to the Fibonacci sequence. I know that relates to other natural spirals such as see shells.

  14. Leovi says:

    Beautiful view of the beautiful spiral staircase.

  15. Sridharan says:

    Excellent View.. Well composed!

  16. George says:

    This is a marvelous staircase, and I really like your photo of the spirals. Very well done!

  17. Binky says:

    That's a neat staircase, and a very neat shot of it.

  18. It was worth waiting for 1932 to get a staircase like that!

  19. Krishna says:

    hi indrani

    interesting photos

    thanks for sharing

  20. Lucy says:

    I hadn't heard of this staircase before.

    It is beautiful – like a shell.


  21. Pietro says:

    Two very nice perspectives of the spiral staircase in the Vatican Museum.

  22. magiceye says:

    wow amazing shot!

  23. Jama says:

    Gorgeous staircase but going round it sure makes me feel giddy!

  24. Monica says:

    Wonderful shot of the staircase in the Vatican Museum! Very well done!

  25. Shobha says:

    How beautiful !
    I had visited Vatican many years ago..but missed seeing this place.

  26. Wow!! Beautiful… love the angle you chose for the shot.

  27. Bikramjit says:

    oh my god that is some staircase .. WOW


  28. VaishVijay says:

    thatz an awesome spiral staircase!

  29. Meoww says:

    Amazing pic… Didnt know about the stairs in the Italian museum. It is a must visit place for me!

  30. Great capture!!
    But I must say, the pic of the spiral staircase made me a little dizzy…

  31. Archaic! It's tremendously artistic.

  32. Aditi says:

    Wow! You've captured this really well 🙂

  33. In awe with the spiral staircase! Safe one too…Thanks for this new info 🙂

  34. From the first photo its obvious to have this staircase in the top ten list. Nice perspective ! I think u could have played with cropping and composition a bit more !

  35. This reminds me of the moving staircase in Harry Potter books 🙂 Amazing capture, Indrani 🙂

  36. beautiful capture. the top 10 stair case. WOW. beautiful piece of engineering 🙂

  37. 1st pic is very nice !

  38. Beautiful captures 🙂

    I hope to visit Vatican someday… still in it's glory!

  39. I always find it amazing the kind of things we humans create even before it is discovered. Only at times I feel that are we working towards discovering things of use or is it just discovering and creating things of mass destruction that attracts us now?

  40. Najm Nisa says:

    Well well Vatican city has definitely got some mind blowing architect stuff, wish something like this was in India too !

  41. I have been wanting to visit this and this pic is wanting me to make that trip happen 😀

  42. I really felt dizzy just by the click Indrani
    Beautiful one

  43. Wow…Amazing… And quite an awesome photo too…

  44. What a shot! Awesome!

  45. lemme b honest 🙂 I had to climb 47 stairs of comments to reach here 😛 .. this is a WOWWW pic I must say ..

  46. WOW!! Great photography, dear.

  47. Soham Roy says:

    This is amazing 🙂

  48. Just one word, Amazing!

  49. Amazing Staircase..and Nicely Presented with the info.. 🙂

  50. D.Nambiar says:

    Grand!!! That IS an architectural beauty.

  51. Beautiful Shots!!
    Are they going up or coming down BTW ?
    I think they are stay put !!

  52. vatsala mallya says:

    Superb staircase ! Mindblowing architectural marvel !! Wow !

  53. Vyjay says:

    The staircase is really an architectural wonder. You are right about the fact that people try to get the best angle of the staircase from different locations. That is exactly what we did too when we were there a couple of years ago.

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