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“Small, but worth the time...”
Review of Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel
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Owner description: This chapel contains a mysterious spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support.
Hudson, FL
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Small, but worth the time...”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Beautiful chapel and history about the Miraculous Staircase. A little pricey for how small it is, but we still enjoyed it.

Visited July 2013
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“It's the staircase”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

This is no longer an active church. It's very attractive inside but the big draw is the staircase. You look at it and wonder how they got it together with no visible means of support. Apparently originally it had no railing. Can't imagine ascending with a railing never mind without one

Visited July 2013
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Prescott, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Very beautiful inside and out, nice atmosphere, very inviting. We liked the historical information available.

Visited July 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Sort of a Tourist Trap, but Worth Seeing”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I was here on a short trip to Santa Fe, and while the architecture of the building is really fabulous, the attraction itself is kind of a tourist trap. This is a chapel that was built in the 1800's, and the story goes that the resident nuns could not build or afford to build a staircase because of the tight confinement. A mysterious man (a Frenchman, I think) showed up and built a staircase for free with no support, thus the staircase seemingly floats. It was thus proclaimed as a miracle. The nuns have since moved out, the chapel is privately owned, and one or two bad TV movies have been made about the story.

The outside of the chapel is extroardinarily beautiful, and free to look at. The inside of the chapel is also quite beautiful, and it transports you back to the late 1800's, giving you a real 'Old West' feel. The miracle aspect of the staircase is not really so, and the strength of the staircase is not a mystery, although it is impressive that the man was able to build it back then.

The gift shop is pretty much a Catholic/Christian trinket store. They have an enourmous selection, and I thought it to be kind of laughable that people would actually buy most of that stuff. 99% of the junk they were selling there had nothing to do with the actual Loretto Chapel, and it was a blatantly obvious attempt to get people who were suddenly feeling a tad more holy to buy a wooden crucifix or pendant that had just been shipped over from China. If I remember, you even have to exit through the gift shop. I am Catholic, and I scoffed at the level of commercialism in the gift shop.

That said, if you want to spend the $3 or whatever it is to see the inside of the chapel, you should. I'm glad I saw it, but I wish it was actually still in the hands of the nuns who originally owned it. You will only spend about 10 minutes in the actual chapel, but it is cool seeing such an old building.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“$ and boring”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The place is expensive to access. You get in and go "woah, that's cool" and then you leave. The stairway is interesting but not for long. There are better things to do in Santa Fe.

Visited June 2013
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