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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. Put Loretto 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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  • The Loretto Chapel is a privately owned as a tourist and wedding spot. Adults and Children must pay $3 each to see the staircase which is roped off. The kids were not too impressed as they simply saw ...  more »
  • This place is very interesting... the story of the staircase going to the choir loft is compelling. A miracle, perhaps? It has that sort of quality about it. Very close in to the plaza, so take the sh...  more »
  • I loved the Chapel. It was beautiful. A little crowded but it is just that time of year. Truly a moving experience and a complete miracle.  more »
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  • While on vacation, my wife insisted we stop and see the staircase. I'm really glad we did. When you get there do yourself a favor: 1. Turn off your phone. 2. Find a nice quiet pew. 3. Sit back, relax and enjoy the chapel. Don't worry if you're not Catholic, it's just a beautiful place to visit.
  • I love the story of the staircase, you cant go up the stairs anymore but its still beautiful to look at. Its a nice spot for a wedding
  • A quirky spot in Santa Fe steeped in early religious history. Low cost entry fee to view the "miraculous staircase." Worth a trip as you're wandering through town.
  • The Loretto Chapel is such an awe inspiring and beautiful chapel. The staircase is amazing to witness, but we found that the whole church was designed so beautifully and would be wonderful to see on it's own. Truly an awesome site to visit.
  • There's a loud tape telling the history of the chapel inside which is nice in a way but also takes away from the ambience. Make sure to imagine the staircase without the railings!

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Though the downtown area contains most of Santa Fe's finest hotels, you can find plenty of equally comfortable inns and motels just outside this busy central district. Remember also that most of the city's centrally located hotels raise their prices during the height of the tourist season, so it is essential to look for deals and make reservations well in advance. To experience the true spirit of outdoor New Mexico while on holiday, consider sleeping under the stars at a campground just a short drive from Santa Fe's major urban attractions.
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