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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The chapel is beautiful so worth stopping in for a quick look while in Santa Fe. We paid our entrance fee and wandered around inside, but I was disappointed there wasn't more information about the history of the chapel and there were no chapel employees to ask questions of. Most of the information was about the mystery of the spiral... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I'm not sure what made me think it would be bigger than it was, considering the story behind the staircase SAID it wasn't big enough to put a standard stair inside. The altar is stunning, considering how old the whole building is.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Small, pretty and now deconsecrated chapel whose main attraction is the seemingly unsupported spiral staircase that makes two complete turns from floor to loft above. Gift shop way way larger than chapel itself. Admission cost only $3/adult so inexpensive for modest entertainment / informative value.

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Lubbock, TX
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

They charge $3 a head to visit the chapel and there are dozens of people trying to get photos of the "miraculous staircase" in the very small chapel.

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Saint Paul, Kansas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The Loretto Chapel would be one of Santa Fe's most important historical spots even without the "miraculous" spiral staircase. The chapel is no longer a church and is now operated by a vendor. It is also nearly attached to a very large Loretto Hotel. To make a historical story short The Sisters of Loretto founded the first girl's school in... More

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San Antonio, TX USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Small Chapel which is the home of the "Miraculous Stairs." Very small, but good light, flash allowed. Nice gift store.

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The staircase was just amazing. I can't believe they still allow it to be used for weddings. The story behind the building is wonderful.

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Spring Grove, Illinois
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Loretto Chapel is a "former" Roman Catholic church that is now used as a museum and wedding chapel. The sacraments were removed, it is privately owned, and no longer functions as a church. The "Miraculous Staircase" is a fascinating story about the Sisters of Loretto, the construction and builder. There is a fee of $3.00 per person, and you... More

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Campbell, California
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you only visit one historical building, this has to be it!. The staircase is an amazing work of art. You have to study it to even try to understand how it was built.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was a nice chapel and the staircase was pretty but I didn't find it to be all-inspiring or frankly all that interesting. It seemed that there was importance placed on how much money they need and how many souvenirs they could sell. Not sure I would call it a miracle staircase or anything, it would appear the church is... More

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