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Loretto Chapel

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Address: 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Between Alameda and Water sts., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone Number: 505-982-0092
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This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails,...

This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.

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We first visited the chapel in 2003. At that time donations were accepted to enter. Now they charge a fee to enter and there is a gift shop attached. The staircase is beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Harzanne
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We first visited the chapel in 2003. At that time donations were accepted to enter. Now they charge a fee to enter and there is a gift shop attached. The staircase is beautiful as is the chapel a must see even with the fee.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It costs $3 to get into this attraction but it was worth it to see this beautiful chapel and hear the story of the unique staircase within. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Terry0106
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You should be wary of a place when you encounter testimonials as soon as you open the door, even before you pay. Indeed, my experience at the Loretto Chapel had somewhat of a carnival atmosphere. This is a shame, because the interior of the chapel is really quite beautiful. It would've been a better experience if the people running it... More 

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CambridgeMA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

first heard of this chapel watching the movie The Staircase. Third visit & still amazed by this winding staircase, leading to the choir loft, that defies modern day carpentry. railings were added later. Mysterious carpenter, who arrives in town and leaves just as mysteriously when it was finished. I'm thinking St. Joseph. He was the answer to the nuns prayers.... More 

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Rocklin, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hard to imagine that this beatiful little church could be abandoned by the Catholic Church. So much charm and such a long history. Give yourself a little extra time. There is a lot of detail to study inside. God Bless those who saved this building and its contents !

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The story is played on speakers in the chapel. The story is detailed, easy to hear and provides the information that allows a visitor to appreciate the miracle of the staircase. The staircase is a sight to behold and they nicely allow photography inside the chapel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting to see and beautiful inside. Of course it has a great history behind it. One of the best parts is the spiral, 720 degree, unsupported staircase and the story about the mystery carpenter that built it.

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I paid the $3 admission fee and put my change into the donation box for the nuns' retirement fund. The chapel has been decommissioned by the Church, so the altar is bare of the usual furnishings. There is an audio loop that gives the history of the chapel and the staircase, specifying that the history of the staircase is "legend."... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had read and heard from others that this was a must see. I was not disappointed and we took many pictures of the stairs that were a part of the legend of this chapel

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For a couple of dollars you get to see some really cool stairs that were made in a miraculous manner.

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