Chimayo is filled with spirit, healing and beauty... Gracious unpretentious church with rounded edges that blends well with the land. There is a reverence for lost or ill people with many small crosses (some handmade), and photo's of them. A large room is filled with photo's, so is a small one near the side room off the Spanish art-filled alter and church. The healing soil can be obtained there in the side room. You can buy a container/bag at the gift shop for this. There are lovely grounds to walk behind the church that has a small river running alongside. It is filled with beautiful statues, and many rosaries hang from the trees, as does the fence along one wall. Colorful stained glass windows. A walkway along the river with several very large sculptured arches that have crosses in them - these are filled with tiny crosses too.... So peaceful to be there.
There are a couple of gift shops - with saint cards & medals, rosaries, religious statues. Restrooms. An easy walking area. Parking was not a problem, nearby/free. The Nino Church is less than a 5 minute walk from Chimayo... There are little shops and galleries as well on the street. The setting is rural and takes you back in time. The drive to Chimayo is on an easy winding road in this rural enchanting area. Don't miss this one!
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