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“Wow! Amazing feeling being there.”

El Santuario de Chimayo
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$190.00*
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Private Tour: High Road to Taos from Santa Fe
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Chimayo
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Owner description: The "Lourdes" of America, where miracles are thought to happen.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The drive up to Chimayo is pretty nondescript but once you arrive at this quaint chapel that all changes. The inside of the sanctuary has beautiful hand painted murals but you are not allowed to take pictures inside so be prepared to take advantage of the church store on site to obtain images. The prices are very reasonable. It is best that you read up on the history of why this church was built before you go as it will make the experience more significant. Walking through the door on the left side of the church takes you to the most sacred part of this location. The energy felt in this room was overwhelming in a good way. Walkers and crutches line the walls from those who entered the little room injured or otherwise disabled and then was able to walk out without them. As you move to the very back there is a small hole where the Holy soil is located. You are allowed to bring in a container to take some of the Holy soil with you and in the gift shop there is also small souvenir containers that you can purchase for about $3. I brought a glass jar with a locking lid and then purchased a St Francis medal and asked the priest to bless it which I inserted in the soil. I also brought a mason jar to bring back some holy water but again this is also sold in the gift shop. On the outside of the sanctuary you are allowed to take as many pictures as you like and I snapped a few images. I am so glad my fiance' and I went there as it is a place I will never forget.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

A bit off the main road and once you avoid the touristy nuisance shops for a couple blocks as you approach this sanctuary you will suddenly come upon this historic rugged and rustic church. Truly a gem and place to thank God for all your blessings with no admission charge. Great photo ops - the front old fate nicely frames this site. I want to return after it snows to snap some pics snow covered. You can take the back road north to Taos and a few additional old Spanish churches along the way.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is an old, old New Mexican church with a lot of history and faith and love wrapped around it. It's just beautiful, and filled with prayers, hope and amazing art. I'm not at all religious but really enjoy visiting this place and always find something new to wonder at.

3  Thank 406Chick
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

The Santuario preserves the culture and spirituality of its past.as well as its accessibility to the present.
The uniqueness of the Santuario is its "Holy Dirt" which, acclaimed for its healing powers, is available to all visitors.
We had a special gift by meeting the delightful 95 year old pastor of the Santuario who will be willing to explain all in great detail.

2  Thank Peter S
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Whether you are a believer or not, do visit this little church between Taos and Santa Fe, just east of Espanola. There is a certain, indescribable aura that you will feel if you open yourself to it. Many claim miraculous healings. I've never witnessed one in my over 25 visits, but something keeps drawing me back to Chimayo.

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