What is a staircase? A means of getting from point A to point B, sure (unless you're M.C. Escher). But stairs are more than functional. They can be figurative, fantastical, and worth a special journey just to climb them. These 17 staircases from around the world are some of the most awe-inspiring, historic, and just plain cool.
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