Travel

25 Of The Most Beautiful Staircases That Have Ever Existed

What is it about stairs that draws us to photograph them? People have always had a fascination with steps not only because they are functionally necessary to our daily lives, but also for the unintelligible draw they have on our psyche.

Songs like "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin have been written about them, stories have been told about them and many, many photos have been taken of them.

Check out some of the most beautiful steps the world has to offer from the newly built to the impossibly old. Each staircase tells a story of mankind and the inescapable quest to climb to heights unknown.

Daniel Borg/Flickr Vision/Getty Images
London, England.
DeAgostini/Getty Images
Upernavik, Greenland.
Jan Sochor/FlickrVision/Getty Images
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images
Halle, Germany.
Getty Images
Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Insights/UIG/Getty Images
Jaipur, India.
Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Abhaneri, India.
Getty Images
Great Wall of China, China.
Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images
Algiers, Algeria.
DeAgostini/Getty Images
Paris, France.
Getty Images/Flickr Open
Tianmen Mountain, China.
Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images
Cairo, Egypt.
Getty Images
Isle of Bermeo, Spain.
Wodicka/ullstein bild via Getty Images
Rome, Italy.
Flickr Editorial/Getty Images
London, England.
JTB Photo/UIG/Getty Images
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Manfred Schmid/Getty Images
Hallstatt, Austria.
Aaron Yeoman/Getty Images
London, England.
Images Etc Ltd/Getty Images
Tuscany, Italy.
Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images
Richmond, Virginia.
Marka/UIG via Getty Images
Milan, Italy.
DeAgostini/Getty Images
Bangkok, Thailand.
Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images
Cannes, France.
Stefan Cioata/Getty Images
Vatican City, Italy.
JTB Photo/UIG/Getty Images
Kinki Region, Japan.

Also on HuffPost:

Parisian Floors