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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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San Antonio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It is a small chaple with much history and the Miraculous Staircase. Definitely worth the admission cost, and the gift shop is a great resource for your artwork and religious articles.

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The Loretto Chapel is famous for its beauty and history BUT there is also a mysteriously magical stairway in the back of the congregation pews. It apparently has no support and yet it supports the weight of a man climbing up. How? You'll have to go there to see for yourself...

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8 reviews 8 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The story of the staircase is very inspirational and the church is beautiful. They have a nice gift shop on the way out. The grounds and exterior of the church are very charming as well. The whole experience takes very little time and should be on everyone's list who visits Santa Fe.

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Laredo
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful Chapel inside and out. Small chapel lends itself to true serenity and prayer. There is a definite WOW factor when you walk in to the chapel and turn to your left. The staircase is nothing short of breathtaking. No matter how hard you try you can not find one single nail or other object of keeping it together. Miracle?... More

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Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Chapel is a very special and spiritual place. Even though I have been there numerous times I always enjoy sitting in there for 30 minutes to take a deep breath and contemplate life and the world. Always busy with tourists but the energy is so big and positive that you hardly notice the people milling about. I suggest you take... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

We knew the story but wanted to drop in, $3 admission fee. I think the story would be better presented in printed form. We had the same problem trying to hear the canned version.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

In Santa Fe for the weekend and just had to see the staircase. Great story and they have done a good job keeping it respectful. Very busy inside but flow of people was good. I know the store is right outside but that's what it takes to keep this historical masterpiece alive. A must see if downtown.

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Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We don't mind paying a fee to see historic sites, but was somewhat disappointed here. The story of the mystery of the staircase is played over and over, hard to hear, and distracts from the feeling of sanctuary. I actually didn't hear the story until I got home, and researched online--which also turned up more reasonable explanations. Maybe you have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This little church is a blessing. Loved the history of the staircase. It was an amazing feat to be built and especially when it was built. It is definitely worth the $1 admission.

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New York City, New York
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Loretto Chapel is small and utterly beautiful.The altar is Spectacular and the staircase is everything I read about. My "but" is that I can't understand why the people that run it consider it necessary to have a PA recording out loud telling the story of the Chapel and it's staircase. It really cheapens a really beautiful place of worship .... More

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