There are 2,000 tiles in the work, 300 of which Selaron handpainted

The Batu Caves in Malaysia have had a colourful makeover. We showcase yet showstopping staircases around the globe

 

MALAYSIA

Batu Caves 

This one might not last much longer as reports say that they forgot to ask for permission before they pulled out the paint pots. But this patchwork quilt of colour is now lighting the way to the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur for the time being. Just one of the amazing sights in Malaysia.

 

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INDIA

Chand Baori, Rajasthan

Chand Baori (the Temple of Stairs) has 1,000 steps ready to give you a workout. One of the oldest landmarks in Rajasthan, it was completed between 800 and 900CE. The walk however, will be worth it as it is apparently five degrees cooler at the base than at the top.

 

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PORTUGAL

Bom Jesus do Monte

Pilgrims will climb the 577 steps of this dark granite staircase on their knees in an attempt to gain purification by the time they reach the top. On their journey up the staircase they will pass five fountains representing the different senses (taste, touch, hearing, smell, sight), which help cleanse their bodies en route to one of the most picturesque places in Portugal.

 

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Brazil

Escadaria Selaron

What started as a passion project by Chilean artist Jorge Selaron in 1990 turned into a major tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro. Initially Selaron scavenged the tiles that he used to decorate the 215 steps, then tourists started donating tiles to be included. There are 2,000 tiles in the work, 300 of which Selaron handpainted.

 

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SRI LANKA

Lion’s Rock

The giant lion claws mark the last stage in a climb of 1,200 steps to an ancient palace at the top of a rocky plateau. It may seem intimidating, but the view is more than worth it.

 

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