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San Miguel Mission

Address: 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM (Downtown)
Phone Number: 505/983-3974
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Ranked #19 of 211 things to do in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Art museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the...
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Type: Religious sites, Art museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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513 reviews 513 reviews
308 attraction reviews
1,042 helpful votes 1,042 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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75 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
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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Mobile, Alabama
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It is a little out of the way, but worth the walk to see the bell. The mission is considered to be the oldest church in the US (1610). The bell dates back to 1365.

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Arlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I was there as a tourist but stumbled in on a mass. My friends and I stayed and felt renewed. Lovely environment and lovely a capella singing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Constructed in the early 1600s, this is probably the oldest building that I have seen. The original adobe walls still stand with some reconstruction over the years. The bell inside the chapel is majestic and soothing to hear it ring. Entry fee is $1 per person. The reading material gives a good context of what the various paintings and sculptures... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The altar and bell remind you of the age and history of this beautifully preserved site. Donate a dollar and visit this lovely church.

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Rye, New York
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25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Walking behind the mission you will find the oldest house in Santa Fe as well. It gives you a sense of what it was like so very long ago.

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Ridgetown
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265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a relatively small building and a block or two from the major tourist area but do not miss visiting this historic building. This is the oldest church structure in the USA, dating from about 1610. It is a must-see for that reason alone. However, it is also beautiful in a very simple spiritual way. It costs $1.00 to... More 

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ASSARIA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

First: Liz was an excellent guide inside the church. She encouraged questions and was enthusiastic about the site. Second: the way history is peeled back for visitors while maintaining an active congregation is amazing. The church is alive and yet has the wisdom of age. Ring the bell, see the paintings and statues, but be sure to go to the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It costs $1, but there is definite spirituality to this church. If you like history, you will certainly appreciate the San Miguel Mission - right next to the oldest house in the US (which was for lease when we went!)

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