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Address: 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Between Alameda and Water sts., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone Number: 505-982-0092
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Leisure education
Description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails...
This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.
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Beautiful chapel with wonderful staircase

Best known for the marvellous double spiral 'unsupported' staircase to the choir this is a lovely serene chapel with a beautiful alter and lovely stained glass windows

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Best known for the marvellous double spiral 'unsupported' staircase to the choir this is a lovely serene chapel with a beautiful alter and lovely stained glass windows

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

On a recent business trip, I stayed over on a Saturday and was able to participate in a walking tour. I have lived in NM for years, but learned historic tidbits from the tour guide that I had not known. Loretto Chapel is such a wonderful structure! I really enjoyed it being included on the walking tour.

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Southlake, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

It costs $3 a person to go into the chapel to see the winding staircase. Railings have been put up along the staircase which really detracts from the original look. Skip it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Not only is the staircase incredible, but the stained glass windows and the church itself are stunning.

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British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The building is great for a photo op but in terms of the spirituality of the place it has more of a Gift Shop feel to it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

My husband is an architect so we just had to see the miraculous staircase. It was completely worth the time and the $3 entry fee! The whole chapel is lovely with beautiful stained glass and wonderful sculptures. Even as a non-Christian, I appreciated the quiet beauty. Just go! You will be glad you did.

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Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The staircase is amazing and the story behind the staircase is interesting. The $3.00 entrance is not appropriate for this type of attraction. Glad to have seen it, would not return and urge you to visit the Statins of the Cross Prayer Garden at theCathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I remember visiting this place as a child and it was great, but now it is all about the money. Everything in that place screams tourism and not as a holy place, as it once was. If you like architecture and old buildings, this is a must see...but if your going to try and see a church, go to St.... More 

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I was somewhat disappointed in this chapel. After paying to enter, this tiny place, you can see the staircase and hear the audio of the story. The staircase is an architectural marvel. However, after about 5 minutes appreciating that, there isn't much else. The chapel is small. You must exit through the gift shop. So.... the real miracle of this... More 

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Canby, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The story of the staircase in the Loretto Chapel is well told by the audio presentation. It's a charming chapel and an architectural marvel. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the chapel and its story is worth learning about and seeing.

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