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“They are charing an entrance fee, which is offensive.”
Review of Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel
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$79.98*
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Owner description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.
Pacific Ocean
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“They are charing an entrance fee, which is offensive.”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

While the other chapels and the cathedral ask for donations, Loretto is actually charging a fee. It has always been the most commercial of the sacred buildings in Santa Fe and I think they would collect more if they went to the donation system.

Visited June 2013
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Fordyce, Arkansas
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“Very Impressive”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

This Chapel charges a nominal fee, but the miraculous staircase, by itself, justifies the $3 charge.

Visited May 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Beautiful, but commercialized”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

This chapel is beautiful and worth seeing; the staircase and the story behind it are amazing, and there is even a simulated picture of what the staircase must have looked like before railings were attached.
Even though this used to be a Catholic church, the chapel is now privately owned, and you can tell. There is really nothing spiritual about the place anymore; it feels no different than walking into the Coca-Cola Museum. It is interesting to look at, but even though there is that miraculous staircase in the building, the mood is absolutely not conducive to quiet reflection. The most annoying part is a looped audio recording that continuously replays the history of the chapel - something that could have been put on signs in the lobby or a leaflet, since the story is really very brief.
I did not really mind paying $3, but I do think it's a bit steep. The main purpose of the chapel is clearly moneymaking, as evidenced by admission fees, advertising for weddings there, and the huge gift shop. As long as you realize that this is not a spiritual place anymore and are willing to pay, you'll probably enjoy it. (For quiet reflection afterwards, I recommend the St. Francis Basilica Cathedral a block away.)

Visited June 2013
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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“Beautiful Chapel”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

My wife and I visited Loretto Chapel, but did not arrive before it closed. Still, it was a great visit as the building itself is nice to look at. My understanding is that admission would have been $3 to enter and see the staircase. Loretto Chapel is located downtown and is worth stopping by.

Visited May 2013
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Mendon, New York
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“Who owns this!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

It is a beautiful church but very commercial. It is $3 per person to get in so you can take a picture of a famous staircase and look at the church. Take advantage of the tourist.

Visited May 2013
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