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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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Fairfax County, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this one! The staircase and the story behind it are amazing. Quite an air of mystery about the builder and the circumstances behind it. Very well explained by the recorded story which is looped in the chapel.

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El Paso, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This historic chapel holds the mysterious spiral staircase. Constructed by an unidentified carpenter, the staircase allegedly has no visible means of support other than itself. The story of its construction is a very interesting tale. As a woodworker I found it very interesting.

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Orangeburg, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Beautiful little chapel in downtown Santa Fe with a miraculous spiral staircase that was featured in "unsolved mysteries". There is a $3 fee to get into but it is worth it. There is also an adjoining gift shop where you can purchase mementos and holy water.

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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87 reviews 87 reviews
56 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Metered parking was easy to find on the curb near the chapel. Admission was $3 ea. After seeing several shows on TV about the spiral staircase within the chapel built in 1878, I had to see it. My family was just as intrigued as I was by the mystery surrounding the staircase. I won't ruin it for you if you... More

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Shawnee, Kansas, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I understand the admit fee to maintain the property - at least there was a recorded informational speech repeatedly playing. Would have liked some literature available. Nice gift shop. A must see, if only for the staircase.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

There was a line to get in at opening time, so I'd suggest trying to just pop in (for a fee) when there's no line. Otherwise it gets pretty crowded in the pretty little chapel. The curved staircase is interesting.

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Now attached to a Best Western hotel (is nothing sacred?), complete with gift shop and connecting arcade to hotel lobby, it was better when it was actually a chapel and not just another tourist attraction. There is no longer a docent telling the story of the staircase to every visitor, just a guy collecting the dough. Pay the $3 and... More

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Auburn, Washington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This beautiful church is worthy of a visit. The authentic furnishings and statuary are enhanced by the historic information you will hear during your visit.

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Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

The chapel is beautiful, however there were so many people packed tightly in the chapel, you couldn't enjoy the experience. I tried to get photos but it was diificult because of the number of people and everyone was trying to get as close as they could to the staircase. My advice is, only let about 8 people in at a... More

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La Quinta, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

You must go and listen to the 10 min explanation of how this staircase was built . There is a wonderful gift shop also

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