In 1748, when the Danish architect Lauritz de Thura designed a steeple fpr Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Savior's Church) on Christianshavn, he created a jewel of architecture which is simply one of the Baroques Era's most splendid works. How could a provincial one-horse town like Copenhagen sudenly provide the scenario for such an artistic tour de force ? And why did he choose the spiral as a motif ? Himmelstigen is an entertaining, informative and poetic documentary film. A swatch of Danish history, filled with dramas and intrigues. A documentation of an achievement of craftsmanship in the proces of restoration that almost matches the time when the steeple was first constructed. And then there is the story of how the architect died. Did he really leap out from the steeple because he suddenly discovered that it spiralled in the wrong direction ?
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