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San Miguel Mission

401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM (Downtown)
505/983-3974
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Ranked #15 of 109 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Art Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Listed as the oldest church in New Mexico, this church is an wonderful tribute to the many past generations of people who found comfort in the church. When we were there they were restoring the bell tower. There is much to read and take in as you walk around the sanctuary and learn about the history of the building, it's... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

What a spiritual experience! The history of this church is incredible and a maintains the holiness amongst the tourism of Santa Fe. The outside and inside of this incredible church is worth the visit. As I try to imagine the history of this amazing church, all I could sense was the healing essence of this place. So worth the visit…so... More

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Natchitoches, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

When we were in Santa Fe, I had to visit the San Miguel mission. It isn't the fanciest or most famous church in town, though it is the oldest church building in America. But the reason I had to go was the altar piece (reredos, retablo). It was painted by my Great-g-g-g-g-g-grandfather Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco. Or not. Bernardo's... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The San Miguel Church is in downtown Santa Fe. It is very old and may be the oldest church in America. There is a very small admission charge but it is well worth it just to get a feel for Old World architecture and a sense of history that one gets from similar old churches in Europe. Very clean and... More

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Trinity, Florida
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Just a wonderful piece of history with the windows in the altar floor showing past artifacts. I find it interesting that this church just accepts donations while the church with the spiral staircase charges an admission. I realize all historic sites need revenue sources to maintain their existence, but we chose to skip the church charging admission to see the... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The oldest still standing church in the U.S. Be sure to see (and ring) the bell at the entrance of the church (which you enter from the side entrance). The bell was cast in the 1300's in Spain and has a remarkable story on how it got to Santa Fe and this mission church.

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Great Bend, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Highly recommended. The small church is very beautiful and the history is well documented, dating back to the 1600's.

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Ky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

So glad we had the opportunity to visit the oldest church in the USA. It is so beautiful! The architecture and art work are incredible. A definite must on the list of things to see!

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Dallas, Texas
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238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

To appreciate the depth of culture in Santa Fe, visit this church and see the adobe architecture and native inspired decor inside. It is a "must see" when visiting Santa Fe.

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Lawndale, California
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a beautiful old church of which was the first in North America(circa. 1660). I have been to France and seen many of the old churches there and this one is comparable on the inside. If you are religious you will feel at home. If not, it is a beautiful site to see.

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