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Loretto Chapel

Address: 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Between Alameda and Water sts., Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 505-982-0092
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Ranked #17 of 153 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Leisure education
Owner description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Leisure education
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.

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145 reviews 145 reviews
50 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Only French nuns would build a goth church in a town of adobe mud! Go Sisters! Great history and beautiful architecture for only $2 entrance fee. The gift shop has huge and has everything from tiny souvenirs to full size art. Great wedding venue. The grounds outside are very pretty too.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely little chapel with a wonderful mystery. They have a taped story that plays continuously which provides the history. A peaceful spot.

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Rye, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is an engineering masterpiece the single unit stair case. It is worth seeing. The court yard has lovely wind sculptures.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

My sweetheart has talked about this staircase for years .... and now I know why. Exquisite--and the 10 minute narrative about the chapel and staircase is informative and enhanced the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The one and only reason you must visit the Loretto Chapel is to see the amazing staircase. Do make sure you listen to the tape telling you the story about the unknown artisan who built the staircase for free. While the staircase now has a railing and supports, it was not built that way. The admission charge is $3.00 per... More 

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Oberlin, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Well worth the low entrance fee. It is absolutely exquisite, and of course the stairway is a marvel.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I had read about this staircase for years and when I finally met it "in the flesh" I was still mystified by its construction and workmanship. Would have loved to have climbed it but understand why it's forbidden. Worth the pilgrimage.

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Apple Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a must see when in Santa Fe. The staircase is an absolute wonderful piece of history. It is an unexplainable piece of carpentry.

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New Paris, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Well worth seeing. This is on my must visit list whenever I am in Santa Fe. I love the story and the atmosphere. It still feels holy, even though it is no longer an active church. It also has a wonderful gift shop.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I was emotional at being presented with the beauty of this chapel. It is a truly special place regardless of your religious stance.

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