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“A touching and special place for people of different faiths...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo
6 Santuario Dr, Chimayo, NM 87522
505-351-4889
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Chimayo
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The "Lourdes" of America, where miracles are thought to happen.
Amarillo, Texas
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“A touching and special place for people of different faiths...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Though we are not Catholic, we have visited this site and the nearby stores, walks, and other chapels several times. It keeps drawing us back, for we sense a permanency and power in this pilgrimage site of healing and faith. The chapel is over 200 years old, modest in size and furnishings, but the testimonies of miracles and healed lives are too numerous to ignore. This is a one-of-a-kind site in the USA, sometimes called "the Lourdes of the Southwest". We met the priest, now 95 years old, who came from Spain 60 years ago to serve and is still doing so! Much has been built and added in recent years, but does not detract from the sanctuary itself.

Visited July 2013
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“Serenity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Short drive from Albuquerque. Stopped in Santa Fe to eat lunch. The drive through back roads is so picturesque and not busy at all. I stopped on the side of the road several times to snap some photographs. Upon arriving at the church there was plenty of parking. There is so much to see as much has been built around the Santuario. The entire sacred space is so quiet and peaceful. Photographs can be taken around the area but not inside the churches, which maintains it's holy nature. If you plan to light a candle be prepared to purchase one at the gift shop as those are the only ones allowed to be lit ($3.50, all monies go back to the Santuario). The holydirt is found in a small 6x6 room. Take some time to read the letters left behind by those whose prayers have been answered and have experienced miracles.

Visited July 2013
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Glenview, Illinois
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“Don't miss a visit to Chimayo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is a very old little mission church with a very interesting history. I love the old little church, with the room where people have come in hopes of receiving the miracle of healing. It feels like holy ground here. We try to go to Chimayo every time we go to Santa Fe.

Visited September 2012
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“Very Spiritual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This little church is a very easy drive north of Santa Fe in Chimayó. For those of a spiritual bent, it is worth the time to see, since many pilgrims visit the church to pray for healing (it’s known as the Lourdes of America). There was a daily Mass going on while we were there. In the Church there’s a side room where there is a little well where anyone can scoop up what is called sacred dirt (it’s more like sand). We saw one woman rubbing some on her leg in hopes of healing that part of her body. Many people buy little containers from their gift shop, containers which are labeled specifically for the dirt (or they bring their own containers). It’s a very peaceful place and great for reflection.

Visited June 2013
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“Not a believer and didn't even know what this was...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Had no understanding nor appreciation for this stop. Certainly a quiet out of the way place. Shop and snack bar and merchandise struck me as quaint. After wandering about abit learned that story of the finding of the relic cross and the hole in the floor that offers the healing dirt.

The wall of the outer room before the healing dirt is line with what appear to be abandoned, no longer needed crutches. Though countless numbers have availed themselves to dipping out some dirt from the foot wide round hole in the floor, one still only needs to reach down a few inches to the sand, a fine powdery yellow orange.

I took a pinch. Shared a smidgen with my friend before wiping the rest on my shorts on my hip.

My long ailing hip is feeling better and better!?

Visited June 2013
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