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San Miguel Chapel

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401 Old Santa Fe Trl, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2746
+1 505-983-3974
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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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  • Very good37%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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401 Old Santa Fe Trl, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2746
+1 505-983-3974
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the Oldest church in America. It was a nice unexpected find for us. It is preserved beautifully and offers services on a regular basis. There was no fee. It is history to be enjoyed.

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I love photographing old places and this is the oldest church in the US. I'm not Christian but I do appreciate the fact that places like this are kept up beautifully and not destroyed to build a shopping mall.

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very cool piece of history and worth looking at. Free to visit. We enjoyed looking at both this church and oldest house next door. Doesn't take more than an hour to visit both and worth the time.

Thank RobbiesMomOK
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see in Santa Fe, this is an active catholic church that was built in the 1600’s! It’s really hard to fathom how old this church is and how many people have prayed here. Definitely a unique site in the United States. The church...More

Thank jjctraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historically important, with some fun cutaways so you can see the original adobe walls and floors. Also some cool woodwork. Very small, just a pop-in visit, but worth the $1 admission if you're interested in history.

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The oldest church in Santa Fe. It brings you back to what a mission church would have been like in the early days of our country. A travel in time is always educational.

Thank 209rexc
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife has dragged me to churches all over the world. This one is unique. The history and architecture are worth the visit. The bell was interesting. The guides were informative and helpful. The "oldest house in USA" is next door. I remain a skeptic.

Thank louisianaman2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended the English mass at 5:00 pm here. There's a Latin mass at 2 PM. Inside is quaint and simple with adobe walls and simple decorated wood beams supporting the ceiling. Old Santos adorn the walls. The Altar is colorfully painted in typical New...More

Thank aprilfoolssdzoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read up on San Miguel before visiting and even printed out some info on the famous art on its walls. This made an enjoyable visit even more memorable. The alter is amazing. The bell is mysterious. The building iconic inside and out. Photography is...More

Thank judyt1957
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is well-worth the time it takes to visit. It's been lovingly restored and retains all the religious art and atmosphere characteristic of old Santa Fe. Next to the church there is a very informative visitor centre which also has clean restrooms. Santa Fe's...More

Thank bangkokcassidy
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May 15, 2016|
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Response from BearTraveler69 | Reviewed this property |
The church with the circular staircase is the Loretto Chapel.
Laura F
February 9, 2016|
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Response from TGS123_13 | Reviewed this property |
I was told it is still a working church so I think you could check their website.
Fay C
October 13, 2015|
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Response from loudini56 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry l'm not familiar with this book. We did speak with a number of people at the site that were very knowledgable about the history of the mission.