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CLB corners: The spiral staircase

La Escalera de caracol

Once through the imposing entrance to the Casa de los Balcones and crosses the hall into the courtyard, we find two wide corridors that form an “L” in which, among other peculiarities stands out, looking to the left side, the spiral staircase.

This original spiral staircase that from the courtyard communicates with the other two floors of the house, mainly known for its central axis, a single piece of robust tea wood, 11.10 meters high and uniform thickness of 16, 5cm. in diameter. Add to that a few meters buried in the ground to solidify the structure, we can get an idea of the great height of the ancient canaries tea pines.

The spiral staircase made with canarian pine tree

The staircase, and in general all the woodwork of this house, represents a genuine display of this wood, difficult to carve but used by the best master carpenters of the time for its strength and beauty that remains over time. In this house, with its 380 years of history has never been painted or the wood treated and it continues oozing resin.

You reach the stairs from the courtyard and from one of the front rooms, and both have access doors with locks. There are 21 steps or rungs to climb to the second floor, with almost two full turns which is slightly overwhelming for those who up go it for the first time.

What´s more, this first section is enclosed with walls of red mud bricks and dead stone (volcanic stone or gravel) and finally whitewashed six small windows with wooden blinds for ventilation and clarity were maintained. At the end of this section, a minimum landing where again a door leads this time to a beautiful balcony.

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