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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 112 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Leisure education
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Owner description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.

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Twin Falls
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I love this little church and have visited it many times on my business trips to Santa Fe. The staircase inside is a must see for not only those with a spiritual background but also for anyone interested in architecture. The Chapel itself is well taken care of, peaceful and beautiful. I would say you haven't truly seen Santa Fe... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

we had one day in santa fe - visited the capitol, the plaza and the 3 churches (this, St. Francis and San Miguel). My kids loved the mystery of the staircase. passionate guy at the front desk helped them get into the story. besides, it's a beautiful little chapel and a nice place to sit for a few moments. $15... More

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

This church is worth seeing for the staircase. It is an amazing architectural feat. I'd stop and see it again.

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Rochester, Michigan
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Tourists come from all over to see the "magical" spiral staircase in the Chapel. Its cool, but not magical -- the mechanics of it are clear to most engineers. The main altar is quite beautiful as the various artistic elements on the walls.

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Texas
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11 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Really nothing to see here. Costs $3 to see a winding staircase that was really nothing out of the ordinary. The chapel is nice, but noisy and crowded.

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We paid a small fee to get into this chapel, and it was worth it for charity, but the main draw is the spiral staircase. The rich history of the chapel plays on a recording, but it is difficult to hear. Beautiful chapel in any event.

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culver city, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The famous staircase is just one of the attractions in this small but beautiful church. But the staircase is something I stare at in wonderment knowing the story behind its construction.

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Box Elder, MT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Wow! This place is amazing. I read up on the chapel, and had to visit to believe it. Upon entering you are asked to pay a $3.00 fee per person and are allowed all the time to sit and pray, or just view the stairs, windows and shop. The Stairs are beyond amazing, I can't explain it any better.

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Senior Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Beautiful chapel with interesting history. Recommend a visit to hear about the mystery of the staircase.

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Frisco, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Small lovely chapel, but the star of the visit is the mysterious staircase. There is an audio presentation which runs continuously explaining how and when the staircase was built. There is a lovely gift store attached. Worth a short visit.

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