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Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe

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. PutLoretto Chapel into our Santa Fe road trip website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Very beautiful chapel with winding stair case. Cost: $5 for self-guided tour. Staff helpful. Has gift shop.  more »
  • Loretto Chapel is a must see when you are in Santa Fe. Take the time to listen to the audio story of the history of the chapel. The staircase is just amazing to see. The stained glass, the stations...  more »
  • This was my third visit and am impressed as much as the first time i saw this chapel. The history is pretty amazing and the peace inside is just lovely. I will visit a 4th time if i get back to Santa....  more »
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  • Beautiful chapel though quite small. The staircase to the choir loft was very beautiful and unique. It is a spiral staircase with no central column and has 2 complete turns. The wood is quite beautiful. The stained glass windows were also nice as well as the altar itself. Worth the $5 entrance fee to support the maintenance of the structure.
  • Beautiful little church and chapel. The staircase is truly amazing and beautiful, I only wish that you could walk on it. Don’t plan to spend more than 20 minutes because the chapel is beautiful but small, the most amazing part of it of course is the staircase although the altar is also something to see. Definitely worth the five dollar entrance fee.
  • Place has gorgeous architect. Be prepared to pay $5 entry fee. I encourage you to sit and listen to the automated story. This was once a consecrated church. Today, it is a historic structure. All religious and holy relics have been removed.
  • It is a nice former church. Beautiful inside. Just wish they would be up front when you buy your ticket that it is a commercial wedding chapel/concert venue and not an active church.
  • Beautiful church, tourist atmosphere. The staircase is gorgeous miracle or not. Very large gift shop. $5 fee to get in. Worth a stop if you are in the area. Not worth a special trip just for that. Plenty of shops and restaurants in the area.

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