10/27/2015 07:00 am ET

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.

  • London, England.
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    London, England.
  • Upernavik, Greenland.
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    Upernavik, Greenland.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Halle, Germany.
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    Halle, Germany.
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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    Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Jaipur, India.
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    Jaipur, India.
  • Abhaneri, India.
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    Abhaneri, India.
  • Great Wall of China, China.
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    Great Wall of China, China.
  • Algiers, Algeria.
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    Algiers, Algeria.
  • Paris, France.
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    Paris, France.
  • Tianmen Mountain, China.
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    Tianmen Mountain, China.
  • Cairo, Egypt.
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    Cairo, Egypt.
  • Isle of Bermeo, Spain.
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    Isle of Bermeo, Spain.
  • Rome, Italy.
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    Rome, Italy.
  • London, England.
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    London, England.
  • Machu Picchu, Peru.
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    Machu Picchu, Peru.
  • Hallstatt, Austria.
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    Hallstatt, Austria.
  • London, England.
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    London, England.
  • Tuscany, Italy.
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    Tuscany, Italy.
  • Richmond, Virginia.
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    Richmond, Virginia.
  • Milan, Italy.
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    Milan, Italy.
  • Bangkok, Thailand.
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    Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Cannes, France.
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    Cannes, France.
  • Vatican City, Italy.
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    Vatican City, Italy.
  • Kinki Region, Japan.
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    Kinki Region, Japan.

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