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Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe

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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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  • Private museum cost $3 per person. Beautiful inside, very interesting staircase. Beautiful place for a wedding.  more »
  • It's a very interesting staircase and worth the $3.00 admission price, at least once. The legend of its construction is worth exploring. I guess the $3.00 helps with upkeep of the facility since it is...  more »
  • This is my second time visiting the chapel. It is a great place with an amazing story! I love this place! The history and the craftsmanship is just phenomenal! I would recommend this site to any Chris...  more »
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  • I'm a builder and master carpenter. I've installed spiral staircases, but never built a free-standing one like you see here. If you have any appreciation for incredible craftsmanship, then you must visit this private chapel. The price of admission is well worth it to see a staircase built with hand tools, no electricity and no modern power tools. I guarantee you'll walk out of this chapel in awe of the talent that carpenter possessed.
  • Surreal chapel when you hear the story and sit back to appreciate the view of the stairs. One of my favorite chapels I've visited. It's close to the center of town and other nearby beautiful churches.
  • Beautiful chapel. The staircase is easily explained, just search online. Just like the myths perpetuated by the Birdcage Theater in Tombstone, this chapel is privately owned and perpetuates the myth of the mysterious staircase to turn a buck. They also force you to exit through a giftshop. I dislike the myth and tourist trappings, but I love the architecture and the imported Italian statues, etc. It's $3 a person to view the chapel. $1 a person to light a candle.
  • Presently, I cannot say anything, as I have yet to experience the chapel, however, my son, who is a professional carpenter was very moved by the staircase when he visited. I will be visiting in March so I will give an update to this post. First, to the minister's response on one of these posts, you should not be so hasty with curses, especially if YAHWEH has not filled your mouth to speak it (law of reciprocity is still in motion). If one read the the Scripture accurately, one can see that many times HIS Angelic hosts were employed to do different feats in order to minister to HIS people or prophets. When HIS people pray, HIS PRESENCE can minister to many; far be it that we presume that the "I AM" is not capable of ministering in ways beyond our feeble interpretation of HIS NATURE, ESSENCE, and OMNISCIENCE. I believe that whether HE sends HIS messengers, angelic or human, all should be respected, and give thanks to YAHWEH for hearing the heart of HIS people. We should all be thankful that HE is not prejudice against HIS creation. May HE be glorified as the ONE WHO hears from Heaven and does not neglect HIS own. AMEN
  • Must see. Super low fee to see. Read up or inform yourself on this story first. Place has a great feel to it. Bookstore gift shop very nice. I got holy water and book marks. Is it a work of wonder? Indeed.