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“Oldest church in America” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Miguel Mission

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 #14 of 110 Attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Religious Sites, Art Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
Tulsa, OK
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“Oldest church in America”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We were fascinated by our visit to this church (still in use) that dates back to the early 1600s. It's a rarity to see such an ancient place in the USA. No admission fee (donations gratefully received). There is a bell in the church, which you can ring, that was cast in Spain in 1356, and which has been in Santa Fe for over 200 years. There are informative books and flyers available at the back of the chapel. A case displays artifacts found during archeological excavations, and floor cutouts in the sanctuary give you a view of the original floor and steps. The simplicity of the adobe construction and folk art statuary and icons are quite a contrast to the Loretto Chapel just down the street.

Visited July 2013
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Fulltime RV
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“Oldest Church is a must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Small church is a must see on any visit to Santa Fe. As the oldest church in the USA it's of major significance, even to non believers. Interior is simple but has been restored / maintained wonderfully.

Visited July 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
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“A Must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Even if you're not a history geek, even if you don't like adobe, even if you don't like churches, you should go here. Soak up the atmosphere for a few minutes, ring the bell, and look at life in 1610. The oldest church in the US should be preserved! It's only three blocks from the center of town, the oldest house in the US is across the street, and it's in an area with lots of restaurants.

Visited July 2013
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Tucson, AZ
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“wonderful old church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Our party of 5 adults stopped here briefly while walking around Santa Fe. The age of the church is apparent. The decor is mostly very old as well. It is worth a brief visit whether or not you are a believer.

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles
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“14th Century Bell is Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Don’t miss this Spanish Colonial mission church. The thick adobe walls give it a great sense of history. We were awed by the restored altar screens and especially by the huge bell on display at the rear of the Mission. You are allowed to touch this massive bell, cast in the 14th century in Spain. Add this Mission to your Santa Fe itinerary.

Visited June 2013
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