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San Miguel Chapel

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Address: 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM
Phone Number: +1 505-983-3974
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Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New...

Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the Spanish, this is the oldest church still in use in the country.

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Older than you think

Well worth the time to learn the history of the area and see how far back the Santa Fe has had a European presence.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Austin, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well worth the time to learn the history of the area and see how far back the Santa Fe has had a European presence.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Of all the chapels I visited, I found this the most interesting. It is rich in so much history. It is near the oldest home and be sure and walk next door to see that too. Be sure and view the lower level at the altar.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Oldest church in America. I am drawn to this beautiful, ancient church where the prayers of thousands over hundreds of years permeate these earthen walls and wooden floors and ceilings. Be sure and use the hammer on the huge antique bell. They charge one dollar to enter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A visit to San Miguel will take you back in time, to the early 1600's. There is several artifacts and historical documents to see while you visit the Chapel.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Access to the church is through the gift shop where one may pay a dollar to get in. Inside, an excellent docent gave a nice presentation and tour - made it a great experience. According to legend, one who rings the bell inside will return to Santa Fe. We rang it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a brief half hour here to get a taste of the oldest church in America. Interesting history and architecture. Modest $1.00 entry fee per person.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth visiting and we did it with our walking tour. Nice to see that it has been kept up. Guide told us the history of the church. One of the statues of the cruifixion had what appeared to be hair on Jesus. First time I ever saw this

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Adobe style church is a must see if you are visiting Santa Fe. It is the oldest church in the country. The paintings above the main altar are the main feature. Before leaving the church the hostess told us we had to ring the bell (I forgot the history of the bell) because legend has it that if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of those that we stumbled upon by checking places to see on Google. Very interesting history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The church reflects the predominantly abobe style of architecture found in Santa Fe. It has some beautiful stained glass windows. It was interesting to read the history of the church.

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