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12 of the World's Most Stunning Public Staircases

Architectural Digest Logo By Nick Mafi of Architectural Digest | Slide 1 of 13: <p>Sure, elevators are more convenient, but staircases provide a window to the world so rarely seen from any other vantage point. No matter if they are etched into the side of a rock face, as the 740 steps are at Colombia's 10-million-ton Stone of El Peñol, or cut through water, like the Moses Bridge in southern Holland: Staircases not only provide a functional role, but oftentimes an aesthetic one as well. And it's with the most beautiful staircases that function is frequently forgotten, as the structure is almost entirely appreciated for its ability to take our breath away. Of course, if you're afraid of heights, maybe some of these structures are not for you. But if acrophobia is not an issue, be sure to visit these 12 public staircases as you trek across the globe. One small word of advice: Remember to lace up your shoes.</p>

Sure, elevators are more convenient, but staircases provide a window to the world so rarely seen from any other vantage point. No matter if they are etched into the side of a rock face, as the 740 steps are at Colombia's 10-million-ton Stone of El Peñol, or cut through water, like the Moses Bridge in southern Holland: Staircases not only provide a functional role, but oftentimes an aesthetic one as well. And it's with the most beautiful staircases that function is frequently forgotten, as the structure is almost entirely appreciated for its ability to take our breath away. Of course, if you're afraid of heights, maybe some of these structures are not for you. But if acrophobia is not an issue, be sure to visit these 12 public staircases as you trek across the globe. One small word of advice: Remember to lace up your shoes.

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