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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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11:00 am - 3:00 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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Interesting history

It's worth it to see this place of worship that has been in continuous use for centuries (unusual for the United States!).

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

It's worth it to see this place of worship that has been in continuous use for centuries (unusual for the United States!).

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Southlake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

5 blocks from the plaza is the San Miguel mission. You can go in and walk around. Make sure you ring the bell - it's allowed.

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

As mentioned in other reviews this is the oldest church structure in the U.S.A. For that alone it is worth a visit but the interior is simply beautiful too.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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33 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

As you can see by the other reviews, this is a wonderful church to visit. There is a small suggested donation, but well worth it to say you were in the oldest church structure in the US! Enjoy! PS the pizza place next to the church is very tasty -- gluten free crust is available

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

From the exterior, it is not much to look at, but then again, it was built around 1600. You go there to soak in and read about the history of the mission, the church, and Santa Fe. It has a little gift shop that you enter first, then you enter the church. It does not have the fancy interior of... More 

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orlando
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It takes less than 1/2 hour to visit. Interesting to see old foundations. Attendant had some good stories to share.

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Newark, IL
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

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

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Ohio
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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 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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