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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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  • I had heard of this church for years and finally got to visit it to see the much acclaimed spiral staircase. You should read the mysterious story behind the construction. Makes for an intriguing visit...  more »
  • The Chapel has an amazing & beautiful spiral staircase that has no central support. It was hand built in the 1800's & no one has yet figured out how it can be stable.  more »
  • This place was so interesting looking from the outside - so we decided to pay the small entry fee to see the inside. It was small and interesting, with the beautiful and confounding staircase inside. ...  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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