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“A place of faith and healing”

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 11 things to do in Chimayo
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Owner description: The "Lourdes" of America, where miracles are thought to happen.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A place of faith and healing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Although there are several shops nearby to take your money, the Chimayo Church is indeed a trip well worth off the beaten path. Built in the early 1800s, the church is destination for pilgrims for years. For Catholics it is a paean to the symbology and ritual. For the rest of us, a visit to the church gives us insights into the power of belief.

Visited October 2013
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Phoenix, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wow, have they upgraded and expanded!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

This lovely little church with reported "healing soil" is no longer a quiet little find. Since my first vist three years ago, they have added facilities, outdoor sculptures, parking lot, and lots of stone work, but the quaint, charming little church is still lovely and a calm respite from the world. Since it's on the same road as the restaurant, Rancho de Chimayo, it's a two-for-one, easy drive from Santa Fe, or on the way to Taos. There is a history of healing and you can take a little healing soil with you as you exit the church if you wish.

Visited September 2013
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Sanctuario”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

My friends who had been there before were disappointed with the "Disneyesque" feeling this holy place had since they last visited. We found out that the Diocese took it over and made changes, it did feel a little commercialized, but to us who had never been there before it was still a worthwhile experience

Visited October 2013
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albuquerque
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85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

El Santuario is reknown for its' healing of the body and the soul. The grounds have recently been updated and the changes are positive. As you begin your walk through the grounds and church you will notice many handmade crosses affixed to the fences and trees. There is an outdoor area with seating, used for mass under the cottonwood trees. A new area has been dedicated to pictures posted by the faithful. The church, itself, is in original condition -- it is both humble and peaceful. If you walk through the door at the front of the church there is an area that allows for taking some of the dirt from the area which is believed to be healing. There are crutches hanging from the wall; left behind by those who were able to walk without them after visiting the church. The grounds include a gift shop and restrooms. There are signs that cautio visitors not to interrupt the prayers of the faithful. On previous visits we have seen people walking on their knees in prayer. There is a small area adjoining the grounds where you can purchase gifts and enjoy some interesting architecture. You can bring a picnic lunch to eat while there. Some of the small shops have bottled water and other drinks available. Also visit the chapel "El Nino" which is a short walk from El Santuario de Chimayo.

Visited September 2013
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Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Humble but very special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We were staying in Taos and decided to take a drive on the High Road, with no particular destination in mind. We had read a little about this site, and our Taos B&B hostess mentioned it as well, so we decided to stop. A fascinating glimpse into a way of life and faith that we've rarely seen. Not a dazzling, soaring cathedral, but just as impressive in its own simple way. Worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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