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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 #13 of 94 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Lubbock, Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Awesome place to visit. Quite historical. The staircase is a miracle, no doubt about it! The attention to craftmamship is outstanding. Such a peaceful place. A must see when visiting downtown Santa Fe. There is also a great gift shop.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful - seeing the Miraculous Stairway in person was a highlight! Very nice gift shop, too - with a "squished penny" machine!

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Nashvillle
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56 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The miraculous staircase in the quaint Loretto Chapel is a great place for travel pictures. You are not able to climb the staircase but certainly can get close enough to get a great photo.

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Arlington, Texas
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Take time to pay the minor admission to see the spiral staircase in the church. If you do some reading before your visit you will learn more about the church and the staircase, which seems to be self supporting with no center column. Yet built many many years ago by a craftsman who seemed to disappear.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit here. The staircase is truly amazing. The Sanctuary is also a work of art.

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Edmond, OK
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Stopped by to see the staircase. It was very beautiful and worth the $3 entry fee. The chapel is very warm and inviting. It wasn't overly crowded when we went.

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Scotch Creek, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Miraculous and inspiring. The spiral staircase is an architectural conundrum. Only three dollars entry fee and a well appointed gift shop attached.

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TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The story of the winding staircase is wonderful. There is a short video with the story. The gift shop next door is nice also.

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Southlake
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The story is a spiral staircase was built by a carpenter using no nails and center supports...and he left before being paid. The nuns declared this to be the answer to their prayers to St. Joseph, the carpenter...hence the miracle. This chapel is no-longer a church of the archdiocese and is attached to a hotel shopping arcade. Accordingly, visitors are... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Loretto Chapel was closed for an event when we stopped by. It's a nice old building on the old Santa Fe Trail and worth a visit if you have time. Looks like a manageable visit, but check hours carefully. I would have liked to have seen the miraculous staircase, but it looks like a bit of a tourist trap.

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