Although spiral staircases are popular around the world and especially in Europe a country with a special place of significance is Italy. The oldest spiral staircases in the world all originate from Italy, the country today is still a leading architectural influence around the world in spiral staircase design. We explore this history and influence throughout this article.
What is the oldest spiral staircase known to have existed?
The oldest spiral staircases currently known to have existed are two spiral staircases which have been in the ruins of a temple in Selinunte, Italy. These have been dated as long ago as 480BC, so spiral staircases have been around for at least 2,500 years (and maybe longer)!
Ancient Rome loved spiral staircases
The Romans loved spiral staircases and included them in many of their architectural designs throughout Rome and the Empire. Some of the most noted spiral staircases built in ancient Rome were:
- Trajan’s column – built about 113AD
- Marcus Aurelius column – built about 193AD
- The Baths of Caracalla – built about 217AD
- The Baths of Diocletian – built about 306AD
- Santa Costanza Church – built about 355AD
Vatican museum spiral staircase
The spiral staircase at the Vatican Museum is a world famous example of a spiral staircase. These stairs are actually fairly recent in origin, having been designed by Italian Architect Giuseppe Momo in 1932 and installed at this time. The staircases appearance ages them as much older than their 20th century origin, which was the Architect’s intention.
Italian spiral stair design in the 21st century
It’s no coincidence when researching the oldest spiral stair designs that they are frequently Italian in origin. Even today Italy leads the world in spiral stair design; this is why the spiral stairs you can buy from us here at Spiral Stairs Direct are from Italy.
Buy an Italian spiral staircase
The Italian spiral staircases we sell are made to the highest of quality standards by experts in the field and comply with both prevailing EU legislation and UK building regulations. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and buy from our range which are designed to last and will add appeal and a WOW factor to your home and office. We can create custom designed staircase exactly to your specification.