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Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Loretto Chapel, a former Roman Catholic church, is known for its unusual spiral staircase. Called the Miraculous Staircase, it makes two 360-degree turns and is 6 m (20 ft) tall--but has no visible means of support. It's not only an engineering mystery; no one knows for certain who built it. The Sisters of Loretto credit St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, with its construction. After examining the staircase, give yourself enough time to appreciate the Gothic Revival architecture of this late 19th-century building. It features imposing spires, buttresses, and stained-glass windows imported from France. Add Loretto Chapel and other attractions to your Santa Fe trip itinerary using our Santa Fe trip generator.
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  • This Chapel is beautiful and the story behind how it was built is mesmerizing. The breath-taking craftsmanship makes for a blissful experience. 
  • The inside of the church was beautiful with gorgeous carvings of the stations of the cross on the walls. It was not very expensive to visit and the spiral staircase is certainly intriguing. The gift s...  read more »
  • This chapel is amazing and beautiful and so serene. It's amazing and has to be a miracle. We could not visit Santa Fe without visiting this place 
  • Wanted to see the chapel but arrived only to find out they charge $3 to enter. As the owner has said in response to some reviews here, the church has been deconsecrated and thus they rely on admission fees to cover overhead, what about gift shop revenue, which when I visited had a line of people purchasing items. If admission fees are needed to cover costs they should publicize/ identify themselves differently (e.g. "Loretto Chapel Museum") a museum rather than a chapel...or as a historic museum/location...and make it widely known about the deconsecration. Feels a little dishonest.
  • Compact and lovely chapel with famous examples of folk architecture in the form of the iconic wooden staircase. Beautiful and numinous, worth the price of admission.
  • Very nice chapel. The Catholic Church sold it so now it's privately owned and they charge $3.00 per person to get in. There is also a gift shop attached to it but they rudely rush you out if it's close to closing time.
  • The cost of admission is nothing compared to what we pay for a meal or a souvenir. Visiting this place is a great experience. I love the place, love the history and the peaceful feeling while being there.
  • Wonderful visit and imo very moving exprrience.It is nice that the church shared this with everyone. The staircase is amazing as well as the altar.The surrounding area leaves you in a feeling of being back in earlier times. It is amazing how well preserved the area is leaving you with the feeling of being not so far distant from the time of this remarkable carpenter who many then and now believe was St. JOSEPH. This is no longer a active CAtholic church however rather a preserved historical sight.
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