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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 #14 of 107 attractions in Santa Fe
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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Seattle
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, small chapel with a lovely staircase. Even if there wasn't a "miracle" story related to the staircase, it would still be quite impressive!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

My husband and I attended a Pro Musica Baroque concert here, and we had an opportunity to fully appreciate the beauty of this chapel and its incredible staircase. This chapel is truly an architectural gem in the heart of Santa Fe.

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San Francisco, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The spiral staircase is worth the $ 3 admission alone. Quite a feat of engineering, some have called it a miracle. For woodworkers everywhere, you have to check it out.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

From the outside, you see the ornate fascia of the church. Inside, the simplicity of a different age really shine. There is some speculation as to who built the staircase, but regardless of the accomplished carpenter so many years ago, the staircase is the centerpiece. A beautiful side trip for those that want to take in some of Santa Fe's... More

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long island, ny
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Yes, it's interesting, this staircase that was unique and handmade, but it doesn't require any lengthy visit. Lot's of history here.

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Sudbury, MA
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We spent less than ten minutes in here. Wish I could get my money back. The chapel's claim to fame is the "miraculous staircase", otherwise it's pretty ordinary. Little was done to make the staircase stand out. It's kind of tucked into a dark corner. For anyone really interested in freestanding staircases, check out the Nathaniel Russell house in Charlston,... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

There is a nominal fee to enter the Loretto Chapel, which in itself is a gorgeous small church with exquisite stained glass windows. Most of the weddings in Santa Fe are held here. The remarkable "miraculous staircase" is, however, what visitors come here for. There is a beautiful spiral staircase that has no visible means of support. Although it is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The miraculous stairway alone is worth the trip, but the entire chapel was truly worth seeing. A short, but informative tape loop plays in the chapel giving you a quick run down of what you're seeing.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Nominal admission fee to pay for maintenance worth seeing the stairs and the beauty of the chapel. Quite a history behind this small but lovely attraction.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

if you go to hear the desert chorale or an ancient music concert, you will be amazed at the acoustics at the loretto chapel. not to be missed!

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