Trip Planner:   USA  /  New Mexico  /  Santa Fe  /  Historic Sites  /  Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe

(3,400+ reviews on the web)
Religious Site
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.
Create a full Santa Fe itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Santa Fe

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Santa Fe by other users

4 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Santa Fe & Albuquerque BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Santa Fe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We had just finished touring the St Francis cathedral earlier when we came upon the Loretto Chapel. My wife and I had visited the chapel before but we wanted to show our friends the amazing spiral sta...  more »
  • Small. Not grand but charming. First gothic structure west of the Mississippi River. Floating staircase worth price of admission. Stations of the cross lovely.  more »
  • The spiral staircase is a sight to see. The history of the chapel is well worth the visit. Situated in old Santa Fe, easy parking nearby and very walkable area.  more »
Google
  • Any well-versed theologian would know that any "miraculous feat of supernatural engineering" is certainly not the work of one of God's holy angels, but is actually and invariably the work of demons beset upon the corruption of our once pure and innocent species. That staircase is important to me as it functions as a reminder of how magnificent the antichrist's alluring trinkets may be. However, not even a staircase devoid of binding bits would seduce me into their unholy dance. For I am a man of God, and a man of God knows that solidarity with the laws of nature is the one true path. For God created these laws, and any flights before the faces of these natural laws is a flight in the face of our creator, the Lord Yahweh. Be still my good neighbors, and rightfully you shall cower beneath the weight of gravity and all other evidence of the holy spirit's powerful and omnipotent hands. May this church burn in the revelation's holy fire. May 2022, that is when all will come to an end and eternity shall begin.
  • The 1st Gothic church built west of the Mississippi River is the most famous church in the Southwest and Santa Fe. Witnessing what some believe to be miracle the miraculous staircase of the Loretto Chapel has defied laws of gravity and has astounded physicist, engineers and people for over 150 years. Witness this amazing piece of work for yourself...and remember, the staircase was built without the hand rail you see now!
  • The staircase was originally made without handrails, talk about scary. But overall, a historical beautiful church. Note: The church is nice, and they need the money to keep the place open, so please keep that in mind instead of complaining about prices.
  • The church is gorgeous and Mass was wonderful and Amazing for the bit I sat in on. And I always love the statue of Saint Francis Assisi out front!
  • 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 costs...um, 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")...as a museum rather than a chapel...or as a historic museum/location...and make it widely known about the deconsecration. Feels a little dishonest.