June 18, 2012

Padungan's Spiral Staircases & various memories

The Spiral Staircases at the back of the Padungan Road (Kuching) the sunshine and the white paint (new) just make it such an interest scene to shoot...must go back to shoot more photos in the future....Hope to catch the morning sun there and enjoy a well deserved coffee again.....
An old photo (Google)

Ever given a thought to spiral cases? Sibu has a  few spiral cases  especially in the Raminway-Pulau Road- Jalan Tuanku Osman Triangle.. When growing up we used to be amused by tales of how kids brought upstairs their bicycles or how housewives found it difficult to bring home their huge baskets of vegetables...and how kids could run out from their homes faster than than their mothers could catch them with the feather dusters.....
 spiral stairs have been introduced in the medieval times. The original stone stairs would typically wound in a clockwise direction (from the ascender's point of view). An attacking right handed swordsman would be at a disadvantagee.g. Muchalls Castle. However the stairs at Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo winds up counter clockwise.

The famous Trajan's Column in Rome has a spiral staircase. It was constructed in AD113.

But in later years I read about the Loretto Staircase and the story gets stuck in my mind..some things just don't disappear so easily in the recesses of our brains!! And a sight in Padungan just trigger off a lot of thoughts.

The Sisters of St. Loretto . This spiral stair case has a legend.


wenn said...

I like the spiral stairs look..

Sarawakiana@2 said...


Aren't they brilliant? Love those when I was growing up in Sibu...and later saw many more and enjoy them...

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