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Loretto Chapel
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Owner description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.
Reviewed August 3, 2012

i've been to many chapels, cathedrals, churches, grand or small. this one is quite unique in its own right. the staircase, of course, is why visitors there to see. but it just has that special feel. when you are there, you'll know.

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

The old Loretto chapel has some interesting history (which you will learn from the faint audio coming over speakers in the chapel). The story of the "miraculous stairs" and the Sisters of Loretto is interesting and leaves plenty of room for interpretation, like any good myth. The actual woodwork of the staircase is mind-bendingly excellent and worth seeing. The fact that it was done by hand with no power tools is almost unimaginable.
Entry is 3 bucks each. The chapel is now a privately owned museum, not owned/operated by the Catholic Church, which I found curious. Exit is through the gift shop, of course!

Thank Kip M
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

The Loretto Chapel has a spiral staircase believed to have been built by St. Joseph. It is inspiring to sit in the chapel and hear the story of the nuns and their explanation of events. Catholic or not, it is a must for any Santa Fe visitor.

Thank Mary Jo V
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Not sure if everybod interested in this Roman Cathedral. The call it a "miraculous staircase". The railing seems to have been added later on for safety. Technically nothing is miraculous its just a smart design. You have a pay a entrance fee to view this staircase. Its seems the fee the church chargesmakes it more attractive and falsely believe its miraculous nature.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Really a church they make you exit through a gift store, a 10minute looped sound byte. People selling wares sticking their goods in your face. I understand the sisters were in a bind and sold this place and it could have been torn down...but honestly, it still is a church, a place of GOD, and not an extension of a commercialized hotel and force through gift shop. :(

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