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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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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the environment and learning it's history. had my grand daughter with me and she like too. Get to ring the bell.

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a very old mission. There is a charge of $1 to enter. It is a simple building that is undergoing some renovation so there was scaffolding up on the front outside. Inside, you can see some spots of the original wall and foundation. go up to the altar and look over the railing to see the foundation under... More

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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

They were doing renovations on the entryway to the mission when we were there, so the only entrance was at a side door through the small gift shop. We were disappointed that we didn't get the full experience and they still wanted to charge us money to go inside the chapel. But still, even from the outside, it was an... More

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Lamar, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What a great place to visit! The history alone was fantastic! I would recommend adding this to a walking tour of the old Barrio District in Santa Fe.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This isn't the best known reason to visit Santa Fe and from the outside the church doesn't look like much but take some time to sit an look at it before you go in. It's been there the thick end of 400 years which is worth considering in itself. Inside there's a beautiful simplicity about it and a serenity that... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We almost didn't stop to see this, but we're glad we did. I don't know if it is the oldest church building in the USA, but that doesn't take away from its beauty. It has been restored and cared for with great care with plenty of information available to educate you as you walk through the structure. It is very... More

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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Enjoyed the tour, the history of the building and the gift shop where unique items were found and purchased by family.

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Marlin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This mission was so interesting; the history, the old bell, the way it has been kept in its original design. They were working on the exterior, but seeing the inside and listening to the tour guide tell the mission's history is fascinating. Don't miss this one in Santa Fe.

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We visited San Miguel Mission and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. What a beautiful church with a lot of history behind it. We had a nice visit with the priest while in the church. They have a nice gift shop adjacent to the church. The only downside of our visit was they are working on the exterior of the church so... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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