San Miguel Chapel
San Miguel Chapel
4.5
Religious Sites • Art Museums
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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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.
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Ms.LoveTravel
Knoxville, TN919 contributions
(small fee to go inside Sanctuary) Listening to the historian regarding The Oldest Church - San Miguel Chapel was a highlight for me in addition to the feel and atmosphere from the old adobe construction and dated wooden pews to the artwork found within. The bell from the tower is inside now for all to see and "Ring three times and you will return to Santa Fe".

We arrived when it open (do not know how many times historian speaks)
It is located beside The Oldest House (see while you are here as it is free)
Parking beside gift shop attached to The Oldest House
Written January 9, 2020
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA889 contributions
This is a wonderful small church and very historic. It holds the claim of being the oldest church building in use in the United States having been built in the early 17th century as the Spanish settled this region. It is a simple adobe structure at the southern edge of downtown. Inside, it has some nice details. It is relatively simple, given the age and its location at the fringe of Spanish settlement at that time but the history adds much extra interest.
Written January 15, 2022
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M J
Austin, TX7,967 contributions
My husband and I went to the San Miguel Mission (the oldest church in US) on a Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm. It was built in 1610 and is located just 5 minutes from downtown/plaza in Santa Fe. The inside and outside of the church was very interesting. We spent about 10 minutes there. There was no charge to enter the old church/mission. The oldest house in the US was across the street. Both buildings are worth a short visit.
Written August 4, 2021
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tank1050
Wescosville, PA4,459 contributions
This is the oldest church in the Southwest (1610) with the oldest bell. This adobe chapel has a nominal entrance fee ($5). The outside looks fantastic but the inside is beautiful. The bell is on display inside. There is a small museum inside along with a few items on sale. The gentleman on duty when we were there was far from friendly, actually somewhat cold but that didn't matter to us. Parking is an issue. We parked out back though I'm not sure I was legal. On the way to the chapel is a building marked as the oldest building. I think it is free but it didn't appear open when we passed it.
Written January 19, 2020
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,251 contributions
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It was nice to tour this historic building and ponder all that has happened within these walls over the last 400 plus years.

I appreciated that you can tour by donation only and that it wasn't commercialized with a gift shop.

It has been carefully restored and nice to see some of the original structure that they have left exposed. It was nice to come in and just sit for awhile in a quiet, peaceful place.
Written September 21, 2021
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,674 contributions
This church is considered the oldest in the US. It has been remodeled multiple times, but the foundations and some of the bones of the structure date back to the 1600's. We were unable to enter the interior, but we enjoyed viewing the outside as part of a walk we took around the historic Santa Fe downtown area.
Written December 6, 2020
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,201 contributions
This is the one chapel or church to see in Santa Fe. You feel the history and humble beginnings.

Unfortunately, we did not spend as much time as we would have liked since we arrived right before closing time at 4 pm.
Written February 20, 2020
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brendan3332016
San Clemente, CA29 contributions
I read that San Miguel Church was built on the site of an ancient kiva of the Analco Indians and was allowed to see where they have excavated underneath the floor near the altar. I also found the Buffalo hide painting interesting. It's so easy to forget how precious paper once was, and the primitive resources used in its place.
Written February 12, 2020
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NewStart78
Des Moines, IA375 contributions
We enjoyed finding, and walking through San Miguel. It is small, old, and well cared for. Thirty minutes is all you need to absorb it. Okay to light a candle for loved ones inside.
Written March 3, 2020
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civilengtiger
Helena, AL589 contributions
The only church structure we toured in Santa Fe (we bypassed St. Francis and Loretto Chapel was closed for a wedding – a very common occurrence), San Miguel Mission left us in awe. The oldest church in Santa Fe, construction began on this chapel in 1626 and numerous signs of its origin and later expansions remain. After purchasing tickets ($1 I believe) in the gift shop, I actually paused in wonder upon entering. The religious icons which line the walls and the magnificent mural behind the alter are breathtaking. Though in no way ornately decorated like Loretto Chapel, in fact the overall interior is very simple, the fine details of the mission are almost too much to take in during a short visit. My favorite pieces of artwork were two 1800s buffalo skins painted to communicate the Gospel to the Native Americans which hang on the walls. For a photographer, the possibilities inside are endless; photography is welcomed per the ticket clerk. The exterior is adobe, apparently added during the 20th century. I could have done without the modern script San Miguel Mission sign above the front door; I found it to be highly distracting from the appearance of the church. Unlike Loretto Chapel which is a private non-denominational commercial enterprise, San Miguel still holds Mass weekly and is owned by the Christian Brothers.
Written September 22, 2007
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