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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 #16 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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New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Visiting "the oldest church in the US" was something I looked forward to - until I arrived. There must have been some display, show, or other event being planned there, but the large screen blocking the former altar, the paraphernalia scattered about, the lights and loud noises all made it impossible to appreciate the historical significance. My experience was thoroughly... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

They were preparing for a concert when we arrived, but fortunately we got to peek in. The altar screen is carved in the primitive Spanish colonial style and is worth seeing. The gods shop prices are reasonable unlike in other Santa Fe locales.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a great and special place to see on your trip. It is like stepping back in time and is completely authentic and local. There are no fancy tours or presentations, it is just a beautiful and serene space that is lovely to visit. It is the oldest church in the USA and you should see it at the... More

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The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you are really interested you should talk to the volunteers who can tell you a lot of interesting details. We rang the bell and according to tradition this means that we will be coming back in the near future.

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is the oldest known mission in the U.S. Parts of the floor and walls have been removed and covered over with glass in order that visitors may see the original floor and walls. If you are interested in the history of the missions in the Santa Fe area, this is a "must see".

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Texas
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9 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A very sacred church with lots of Santa Fe history. Amazing 1500's bell, gorgeous chancel area. There is a small entry fee. Eat at the Upper Crust Pizza right next door. There is a small amount of parking in the back of the church.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A beautiful and well-maintained church in Santa Fe. A docent was on hand to give information. There is a small gift shop.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I have been here before, but went again on this visit. This is a MUST SEE while in Santa Fee. SO beautiful and such a big part of Santa Fe history.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Visiting the mission church on a sunny afternoon is a delight that will have you reliving the past in your minds. Yes, I rang the bell a few years ago and true to the belief here I was again in February, 2014 doing the same thing as I showed the church to a friend!

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Church is made of very thick adobe and you can see it from the outside. It is so interesting. The interior looks nice and very ancient. There is a very old bell that you can ring. Amazing church and the history is so interesting! It is also next to the oldest house in Santa Fe. I love this place!

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