El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo

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Designated an important Catholic pilgrimage site by The Official Catholic Directory, El Santuario de Chimayo, features a 200-year-old church with a history that includes legends of miraculous occurrences. The "holy dirt" from the church is believed to have healing powers. See the 18 m (60 ft) tall church with carved wooden 19th century doors and look for a 1.8 m (6 ft) tall crucifix of Christ. About 30,000 people from across the globe visit the site every year--some of them walking long distances with the hope of receiving a blessing or fulfilling a vow. Add El Santuario de Chimayo to your Chimayo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chimayo trip planner.
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  • It clearly states, no pictures inside please, but people don’t respect this. That leaves such a bad taste for people who try to be peaceful, quiet, and meditative. I cannot understand why it is so.....  more »
  • I would call this Holy Sanctuary a hidden gem located on the edge of the Santa Fe National Forest, and on a winding pleasant road along a picturesque landscape with a little mist was the perfect...  more »
  • Loved stopping by and seeing the faith of people going for healing and hearing stories of those healed. And it's very close to a wonderful restaurant.  more »
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  • Beautiful Place The Church and environment is so peaceful! Holy dirt to get healed. Everyone is truly kind. They have gift shops and a place to walk around to see the saints. When I got there I was depressed then as I left I was happy peaceful and felt like a new person I do believe that place heals. I highly recommend going if you can.
  • Beautiful sanctuaries. Moving mementos in chapels honor children in particular and request prayers for individuals. An important pilgrimage site. Also know for "holy dirt," reputed to have healing powers, the dirt continuously pushes up from the ground.
  • Good place to visit. Go earlier in the day as it was not as crowded so you would be able to have some quiet time to reflect. Place has been remodeled and updated to accommodate more people now from when I last visited 7+years ago. Allow yourself couple hours so you could visit all and especially sitting outside near the river. Tranquil, quiet, peaceful and free from all worries, troubles and hustle bustle lifestyle for a few minutes or hours.....
  • My only child we found out has cancer so we drove two hours to go to have her blessed cause when I called the person answering the phone said it would be Ok she said before or after Mass we could speak with the Father we go to mass and father right away goes to his office so we're say excuse me and ask he does reluctantly bless her we go to the gift shop and they have run out of a lot of things don't have a big selection. I went next door to the other gift shop and find a lot of really nice things. Sorry for the big rant was just so disappointed 😔 this last time we went The Santuario has always been this sacred place with healing powers that's why we drove then to get treated like that was so very disappointing
  • Santuario is a great place to go and pray and visit. It's hidden up in Chimayo New Mexico. Visit the Church and get some Holy water and some Holy Dirt from the Sacred ground inside the Church. Take lots of pictures too.

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