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Loretto Chapel

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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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Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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 Place

If you go to Santa Fe be sure to take the time to see this historic chapel. It is beautiful and well preserved.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

If you go to Santa Fe be sure to take the time to see this historic chapel. It is beautiful and well preserved.

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Sierra Vista, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

It is a small chapel but beautiful - inside and out. The staircase is a marvel and listening to the story on how it came to be, as well as seeing the original photos of it without the rails, indeed makes it a wonder. I am so very glad we stopped.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Not only is this a beautiful chapel, inside and out, but the story behind the floating staircase is amazing and special. I visit the chapel or enjoy the grounds every time I come to Santa Fe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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

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 via mobile

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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