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Loretto Chapel

207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Between Alameda and Water sts., Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
505-982-0092
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Ranked #16 of 109 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Leisure education
Description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.
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Louisiana
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329 reviews 329 reviews
92 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We are so thankful to the family who owns and operates the Loretto Chapel. They have taken really good care of it, so people like my wife and me can experience the beauty of it. The winding staircase is so beautiful. We also enjoyed the stations of the cross. The sanctuary is also beautiful. They have a nice book store... More

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The staircase and the story of how it came to be are almost miraculous to us. The Chapel is based on St. Chapelle in Paris and the simularities are apparent but the stairs, wow, we left wondering how one man could do this with only very basic tools. We honestly have to wonder if there wasn't some Divine assitance invovled.... More

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Catonsville, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This place was on my bucket list. It is an amazing story and I have been waiting for years to see the staircase BUT the loud, recorded story that loops over and over cheapens it. The chapel is a holy place turned into a commercial venture. It would be a much better experience to go into the quiet of this... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a very lovely church, and we especially love the spiral staircase. Again, just too many visitors this time of year. Will plan an off-peak visit next time down.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

To see the stair case is amazing. Nicely done history and presentation helps one visualize what the stair case was like when it was first done.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a stop at the Loretto Chapel if you are visiting Santa Fe. The famous miracle staircase is quite a sight and one can feel the history in the walls and fixtures as you walk the floors and take in the art of this chapel.

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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Sure, there are a lot of tourists, but this IS Santa Fe. However, Loretto Chapel is totally worth the visit, it's beautiful and oddly peaceful despite the large number of people who visit daily.

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Edinburg, Texas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This church is beautiful both inside and out. The miraculous staircase is amazing to witness in person. This is a must-see here in Santa Fe.

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San Antonio, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Wow!!! I have been to Santa Fe several times and somehow missed this miraculous stairway. Being in this church where a miracle was produced brought such peace to my heart. A must see!! A must experience!! :)

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Middlebury, Vermont
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Located near the Plaza, this is a solitude of peacefulness and awe. You can imagine the nuns that worshiped in the Chapel and their disbelief when a carpenter built the staircase for them in their time of need without a single nail. Truly unique. Be sure to visit

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