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El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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. Make El Santuario de Chimayo part of your personalized Chimayo itinerary using our Chimayo vacation route planner.
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  • From the clay based paint on the walls of the chapel, to the 14 stations of the cross in the back and an outdoor chapel, this was a beautiful taste of the culture of the region. 
  • Lovely grounds, beautiful church, great stop for mass. It's a holy place, and you can feel it. Be sure to take some time to wander alone. 
  • On my way from Albuquerque to Taos, I took a short detour to the El Sanctuario de Chimayo, a place I've dreamed of visiting all my adult life. I found peace and serenity there, a place to sit and refl...  read more »
  • I've experienced more than great Time's there. I feel more at peace there. Ever since my mom brought me here by passing thru going back to Missouri n California and back n forth. My mom was born in Bernanillo. I traveled there on Late December of 2012 to see my mom and spend our last Christmas together. As I headed to Missouri, I had to go out of my way to Santaurio and say some prayers and and display our picture's together. But, also for our safe travel as well. The weather was bad at the time but, as faith has it. Faith was with us on the whole way back. I have nothing but great thing's to say about Santaurio. I tell everyone about it here in Northern California. Take care and God bless you and us all
  • Some sites in America remind you where we came from, this is one of them. I personally look at the American Story as one of conquest and domination and this little outpost is one example. It is a sacred site and holds that 'energy' for sure but it's antiquity is a reminder of what institutions and structures shaped America. I've never sat for mass, and recall one priest telling me he served five parishes which would take a whole day if he drove from one to the next. As a pilgrimage site it has done miracles for many and so if you are so inclined grab a handful of sand and pray hard. You can likely buy some top notch chile from a vendor along the flanking street (or shall I say Camino).
  • This a wonderful very mystical and powerful sanctuary. Not a very well known place the santuatio is a small church which has served as a place of pilgrimage for generations. The art inside the church is incredible, and the holy dirt is a must have for every New Mexican.
  • Beautiful, a must visit place every time I'm in new mexico. Sacred, and amazing bonding with the Lord!!
  • Went from California to Santa Fe to Chimayo to visit the church my husband had visited as a child. Absolutely the most serene place to be. When we arrived, the weather was warm with a breeze, 15 minutes later we heard thunder, then rain. It didn't matter, the sun seemed to dry everything up within minutes. Amazing place to visit, go there at least once, in your lifetime, you won't regret it.
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