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San Miguel Chapel

401 Old Santa Fe Trl, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2746
+1 505-983-3974
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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.
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401 Old Santa Fe Trl, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2746
+1 505-983-3974

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The oldest church next door to the oldest house. Take time and look at the workmanship on the inside and outside of this church. Very well maintained and still used as a church today. Read the history of the bell then give it a ring.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The oldest church in the USA. A stark beautiful building on the outside. Spanish carved beams. The oldest sweet bell in the USA . Still holding regular services. Calm and cool on a hot day.

Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the San Miguel Chapel that was built in the 1600's. They have a very ancient bell on display; you can use a gong to make it chime, and the acoustics are wonderful, as is the beautiful art in the church. Definitely...More

Thank Marmoore66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is amazing to visit a place so old in this young country. It was our first visit inside and being surrounded by that much history is always interesting to me. I enjoyed seeing the original floor at the altar.

Thank Rochelle04TX
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

San Miguel Chapel was built between 1610 and 1628 and lays claim to being the oldest church in the United States, although it has been partially destroyed, rebuilt and added to over the years. It was originally built by Spanish Franciscan friars to serve the...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a great experience to walk into a premises with so much history. The Chapel itself is reasonably small but was worth the visit.. It's free.

Thank Gary T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in the 1600s - destroyed and rebuilt - and still providing church services. These adobe buildings are cool, dark and have a lot for us to see when we slow down and take the history in. There was a man in the church who...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A preserved piece of history built in 1610. a historian was present to tell visitors about the history. Inside was a bell that is 400 years old. Not overall crowded so it is very peaceful inside

Thank Cheryl N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

San Miguel Chapel still has masses in Latin and the woman still wear a veil. This is a very old chapel, once used for mass by the boys who attended school in the adjacent building.

Thank bstrobel10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the opportunity to attend Mass at the Chapel and it was beautiful. The surroundings are great reminders of how long people have been worshipping in this location and that truly added to the experience.

Thank karen123502
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Is this the church with the circular staircase?
15 May 2016|
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Response from BearTraveler69 | Reviewed this property |
The church with the circular staircase is the Loretto Chapel.
Laura F
Would we be able to attend mass there on the weekend?
9 February 2016|
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Response from TGS123_13 | Reviewed this property |
I was told it is still a working church so I think you could check their website.
Fay C
Is anyone there still knowledgeable of "La Santa" of Anya Seton's book "The Turquoise?"
13 October 2015|
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Response from loudini56 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry l'm not familiar with this book. We did speak with a number of people at the site that were very knowledgable about the history of the mission.