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“Peaceful setting for a sacred shrine”

El Santuario de Chimayo
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Private Tour: High Road to Taos from Santa Fe
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Chimayo
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Owner description: The "Lourdes" of America, where miracles are thought to happen.
Reviewed 21 July 2017

El Santuario de Chimayo compound is a peaceful respite for persons of all faiths. As one walks through the grounds, one immediately notices hundreds of crucifixes and photos of loved ones left by pilgrims seeking solace for suffering or offering thanks for redemption. The sight of these offerings alone causes one to stop and marvel at the power of faith.

To complete your visit, be sure to step into the tiny shrine that legend says is built on the spot where a priest noticed a strange light on the hill and uncovered the crucifix that still hangs above the altar. After pausing to soak in the peacefulness of this spot, you should then pass through the small opening at the front into a chamber lined with benches and cast-off crutches. It is then that you will notice an even smaller opening into another room where the pit containing the holy dirt can be found.

As a non-catholic, I was not as familiar as many visitors with the significance of this site. I found the website very helpful in learning more about the legends associated with the crucifix and the healing power of the dirt.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This side trip was interesting. If you are Catholic it would be considered a "Mecca". If you are not a participating catholic it would be hard to understand the traditions and meanings of this site. The architecture is beautiful and gives you an idea of the history and culture of this place. I suggest you skip the side merchants. It makes this sacred place very secular.

Thank Eliza56003
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

This place is historically interesting, but I think one needs to be Catholic to fully understand what happens here. There is a well of "miracle dirt" that supposedly has healing properties. We were treated rudely by a woman as we entered the chapel. We felt very uncomfortable and left quickly. We were also asked if we were Catholic by a couple as we entered the compound. The message we received was that the casual tourist was not very welcome here.

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Beautiful church---and amazing history here. Visited on a Sunday morning just as 10:30 mass was about to begin. The sanctuary is very rustic with amazing retablos on both walls near the altar and the historic 'Lord of Esquipula' crucifix. The earth at the site is said to have healing powers and attracts pilgrims for that reason. The surrounding area has quaint shops and galleries. Definitely worth a stop!

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

Spiritual place...some trash around and a bit dirty. Much historical relevance to the surrounding communitites.

Thank Dianna F
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