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“Beautiful Church”
Review of San Miguel Chapel

San Miguel Chapel
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Owner description: Constructed in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the Spanish, this is the oldest church still in use in the country.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Beautiful Church”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

This beautiful church is the oldest church in the country and is a must see when in Santa Fe. Unfortunately it was closed last week for renovations. Mass is still said at 5pm on Sundays when it is not being renovated. Many thousands of people are buried in the floor since that was the old tradition.

Visited October 2012
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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“Worth taking the time to visit”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

This mission church is a short walk from La Fonda hotel and the plaza. We enjoy visiting the mission churches in New Mexico even though we may not approve of the way most of them came into existence.
This is as different from the St Francis cathedral as you can get. This church could give you that special, tingly feeling that you should feel in a church, if it wasn't packed with tourists. This is an old mission church with a long history, not as long as the person giving out the information leaflets would have one believe (before Columbus?) but the info in the leaflet is correct.
It's one of those churches where you wish the tourists with their cameras and sometimes inane and irrelevant questions would just disappear and allow the history and sanctity of the place just to fill you. Often, and it is also the case here, tourism and the revenue it brings seems to be more important than the spirituality of the place. Tourists chattering and snapping endless photos of the "milagros" and the religious artwork just doesn't seem right. Maybe the policy of no photos inside the church and churchyard should be adopted (as in places like San Esteban at Acoma). It doesn't seem respectful to behave in the way some visitors do. We are not Roman Catholics but we are Christian and appreciate the spirituality found in some of the mission churches but missing in so many of them.

Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Oldest Church”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

I missed this church earlier during my visit to Santa Fe, knew I had to see it but passed by without knowing it. Went back to see it on my way to Canyon Road to take some photos but didn't go inside. It's right next to the Oldest house so make sure not to miss that.

Visited August 2012
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new york
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“Very old”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Was closed Monday when I tried to enter. Looks adobe but the adobe is covered. Looks modest. Easiest to get there on foot. It is nice to stay in a resort-y area over Sunday night and Monday when the crowds disappear but the downside is some places close.

Visited July 2012
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New Mexico
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“Like stepping back in time”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

It aviods all the touristy stuff and is just what it's always been, a grand old mission with the history right before your eyes.

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