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“Antiquity from early 1600s - enchanting Spanish trail”
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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.
Reviewed December 14, 2012

San Miguel Mission was built in early 1600s during Spanish rule and when this part of the world was in Mexico. It is said to be the oldest one in the present US. Though renovate several times over 4 centuries the adobe, paintings and bell are still antique at least over a century old. The entry to the chapel/church is free. There are several things for a tourist and history lovers to look for in close. The buffalo hide painting, the bell and inscriptions on stone that you may see. It is small place but was not flocked with tourist during our visit may 8-10 visitors at a time. Again it is with the lovely town of Santa Fe walking distance to other attractions. Buy or get free map of Santa Fe from the visitor center and you are good to go on foot to enjoy and admire the native culture. You may spend as much time as you want but 30-40 minutes should be sufficient.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Beautiful old mission church right near the Capitol. Wonderful docents to help you with your visit. See the old confessional, the bell, the altar screen, the Stations of the Cross, and be sure to look at the two paintings...one on deerskin and one on buffalo skin. Just look at the inside building style and the beams A Santa Fe must do. It is also next to the oldest house in Santa Fe

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

When I first walked by the church, I was disappointed that the doors were locked. I learned that the visiting hours were from 10am until 2pm, so I returned the next morning. The doors opened promptly at 10am. I was greeted by a volunteer who spent over 30 minutes giving me a tour of the church. The history is amazing. This is the oldest church in the United States--and there are many interesting relics there.

I was also welcome to take photographs of the exterior and interior of the church. A tripod was also allowed. I highly encourage a visit to this church. I parked for free at the Santa Fe Visitor Center on Old Santa Fe Trail. The church is a short walk (about one block) from that parking lot!

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Sante Fe's oldest Church...and the oldest church in the US is a beauty! It is rather small and does not take long to see, but there are some amazing notable artifacts. There is an old confessional (you can actually sit in), a church bell dating back to the 1300s brought from Spain (I believe). The church was restored in 2009 but there are photos depicting the original structure. It was worth the trip!

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I simply love to visit old missions of which there plenty in California. This one is inviting and intimate, amazing after all these centuries.

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