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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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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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Spiritual and historic

Amazing this chapel is still standing, given its history. Original altar and steps visible via plexiglass windows in the current altar. Near 800 year old bell is currently house... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing this chapel is still standing, given its history. Original altar and steps visible via plexiglass windows in the current altar. Near 800 year old bell is currently house on a stand in the back of the sanctuary. Unique regional architecture has been fortified at various times. Not as nice as Loretto, but still worth a visit

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Arguments over whether this actually is the oldest Church in North America aside, it's well worth the stop. It's free (though obviously I'd suggest a donation) and to my knowledge there is generally a docent to answer questions. As for the bell, while it isn't actually from 1357 (it was modified from 1857) it's way cool that you actually get... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This claims to be and likely is the oldest church in the US. It's very close to the plaza and Loretto chapel so walking to it is a breeze it only cost 1$ to get in so it's definitely worth stopping by to check it out and learn the history of it in the process. Not the most beautiful church... More 

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made a quick stop in here and it was well worth it. You can feel the history as you step into the chapel.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent two days just going to historic buildings in Santa Fe, and this was at the top. While visiting this you might as well go across the street to The Oldest House. Both have this deep sense of where and how this magical city has it's roots. The gift shop at San Miguel Mission was cute.

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is now owned by a high school. The priest on his own time offers Masses on Sunday with the 2:00 pm Mass being in Latin which was beautiful.

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Aurora, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite interesting. Oldest church in the United States. Lots of interesting facts. Still a working church.

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Madisonville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent example of early adobe buildings. It is still used as a church with services. It is small but has very old carved alter pieces and a very old bell displayed that you can ring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is worth the time to visit. It's small and cute, so it's probably better to visit during the week.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What made this a fun visit was that a charming Archbishop Emeritus was on duty to chat up the visitors to this famous Santa Fe landmark. It is a typical Spanish Colonial adobe construction with thick walls and carved and painted ceiling beams and altar.

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