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San Miguel Mission

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Address: 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM
Phone Number: 505/983-3974
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New...
Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the Spanish, this is the oldest church still in use in the country.
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Beautiful early mission church

One of the earliest churches in the US. We were welcomed by the priest and learned its early history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Newark, IL
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Newark, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

One of the earliest churches in the US. We were welcomed by the priest and learned its early history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The church, built about 1610, has a WONDERFUL painting behind the altar. And the wooden pillars of the roof are impressive. The outside of the church has had to be reinforced with flying buttresses, not something found in the Mission Style, but, like Gothic. Cathedrals, very useful as supports for walls that might be fragile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This small mission is worth the miniscule $1 donation they request. The fact that it is the oldest church in the United States makes it a must see for that alone. The interior is humble, Spanish worship center, and is worth the visit.

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Loveland, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was our first stop in Santa Fe and it was a nice start to the day of exploration. Parking is hard to find so we parked at the visitor center which gave us 30 minutes. Turns out that was plenty of time as it is a small but beautiful church. I love walking into a place ripe with history.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A beautifully simple historic church - supposedly the oldest in the United States. Very helpful docents were on-hand to educate and answer questions. It was clear that they love the place. The wood-timbered ceiling is worth a visit in itself, but the alter piece and artwork are lovely. The old bell has been replaced in the tower, and now is... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This wonderful landmark is a tribute to the colonial history of Santa Fe. The church wasn't open when we visited, but just walking around the outside gives you a sense of the history of this place. Well worth stopping if you're out and about.

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Clarkdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Beautiful altarpiece in New Mexico style. Masses are still held here, including a 2pm Latin Mass and a 5pm Sunday Mass. Parishioners are very friendly. There is a gift shop that closes early in the afternoon. I did not find a wheelchair accessible ramp, and paid parking is about a block away. I was unable to locate any other parking.... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Downtown Santa Fe. Walking distance from the Plaza and other historic sites and the visitor center. Beautiful exterior and interior. Worth the visit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Definitely worth a visit while near the Old Santa Fe Trail. Said to be the oldest church in the US, it is of course replete with history. Simply adorable inside.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

However, one could still appreciate the preservation of this church considered to be the oldest in the United States. We will make a point of revisiting when it is open to get an appreciation for the interior and the history.

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