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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 #14 of 211 things to do 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If I went here 20 times I would see something new. Stain glass is unbelievable. Old chapel is so interesting and historic with the oldest USA Madona. The baptismal is wonderful. Donation only. Video about the history is long did not view all of it but what I saw was great!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Paying $3 struck us as another effort to pry money out of our pockets by this artsy Southwest tourist oriented theme park known as the City Different. They should have learned something from Old Mexico with its far more elaborate churches and where donations are the accepted method of raising money for maintenance, etc. Granted it is a nice sized... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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86 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I'm not an organized religion type of person at all, but there is something about this place that will make you feel spirit in the world. Sitting there listening to music, seeing others revel in the moment and appreciating the force of belief and the mysterious in the story of the staircase is all something to experience. Take a quiet... More 

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I learned the story of the miraculous staircase from reading Norman rock wells Christmas book as a child so perhaps my imagination built it up too much, but I felt the actual chapel a bit of a let down. It is small and simple. Paying to see a church seems strange but as it is no longer a church, but... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Enjoy the beauty of the chapel and the story of the winding staircase. The chapel is a part of the enchanting history of Santa Fe. Watch for a schedule of small concerts held in the chapel. A true delight.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had no expectations but felt very moved by the audio story that I heard while walking through the one-room chapel. The staircase can be viewed up close (not walked-on) and it is quite amazingly suspended without nails etc. There are many vintage photos of the staircase being used over the decades that were a nice touch and I felt... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I were married in the Loretto Chapel. It is a magnificent structure, the staircase really sparks the imagination and makes a wonderful wedding photograph! If you are headed this way, take a look it is right in the heart of downtown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

The small fee you pay to see this amazing, beautiful church and staircase is well worth the $3. The story of the staircase is miraculous.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

While dining during our visit to Santa Fe, we asked our server what was the one thing she'd recommend we see while in town, and she told us to check out the 'miraculous' staircase. Our expectations were quite high. We walked to Loretto Chapel, about two blocks from the central plaza downtown, and paid $3 each to enter. Unfortunately you... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As a Catholic, I was interested in the winding staircase and who had built it after hearing the story. You can sit down and hear an audio story on the sisters from Kentucky and the stranger on the donkey who came to build the staircase and suddenly left without being paid.

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