His wandering step
Obedient to high Thoughts, has visited
The awful ruins of old. . .
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Alastor“
Stairway and shrines of Sacromonte, near Amecameca, Mexico, ca. 1880-1897, by William Henry Jackson, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
4 thoughts on “A study in steps: Sacromonte”
Those low, flat steps are so inviting. Either direction would be pleasurable it seems. Susie
I’ll bet they were intended for horses and donkeys, as well as people.
I think you’re right. I pictured hand carts moving downwards as well, upward would still be difficult. Have a good day.
I think it’s the width of the staircase combined with the low risers that make it seem so inviting. You can imagine animals and people going up and down in a friendly way, side by side, with no crowding. Very nice.