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“Still Intimate and Part of the Community”

Sanctuario de Chimayo
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Chimayo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Since my last visit to Santuario de Chimayo more than 20 years ago, they have added a large Dar park, outdoor displays and covered walkways to make it more tourist friendly. It is on the pilgrimage trail and gets a lot of visitors. However, it is ultimately, still a community church with no pretensions. It is beautiful in its simplicity. No entrance fee. No queue. There is a sign requesting that visitors respect those there for worship and banning photography in the chapel. We sat and looked at the colourful, naive paintings at the altar. We visited the room with the holy dirt where a woman with a cane was on her knees scooping some into a glass bottle to take home. It is meant to cure ailments, evidenced by the many crutches left behind by visitors whose faith carried them outside unaided. Outside, we watched a procession of beautiful girls in gowns with sashes naming them as princesses of the upcoming fiesta. A priest in brown robes moved around greeting visitors with a smile.

Thank LMarshUK
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Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

Lovey artsy small town with the beautiful chapel. Problem is, signs are everywhere to "Beware Of Theft". Talking with locals, they are even somewhat afraid and on guard. So, if going take valuables with you, make sure car is locked, and be aware of your surroundings. Obviously they prey on the unsuspecting people going to the church.

Thank ljc65
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

It is a pilgrimage site, not necessarily a touristy attraction.
Not impressive from the outside, the power is inside.

Thank TOURtheWORLDMexPal
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Reviewed June 14, 2017

This is holy and sacred ground. The sanctuary is filled with history. The area near the river and grounds are sacred. Chimayo is a very special place. You can feel it when you enter.

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Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

The trek through the chapel twice was an interesting walk. The sacred dirt seems a stretch but all faithful items are. God bless the seekers.

Thank rogersober
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