San Miguel Chapel
San Miguel Chapel
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
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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  • Timothy H
    Morton, Illinois23 contributions
    Wonderful Old Church
    This is definitely a place you want to stop and see. Oldest church in America. We were lucky to be there when the curator gave a talk on the history of this church and the Santa Fe region. Great place with a a lot of history!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • SneakinDeacon
    Christiansburg, Virginia1,484 contributions
    HISTORIC TREASURE
    While the Nearby Loretto Chapel get most of the attention from Santa Fe Tourists, the San Miquel Chapel is truly an often-overlooked historic treasure. The small Chapel dates to 1610 and visitors today will see a small but beautiful sanctuary along with several Spanish Artifacts. You can also see the original sanctuary steps that date back to 1610. The steps and original foundation are visible through protective glass. San Miguel lays claim to being the Oldest Church in the United States that is still holding services. I would encourage anyone visiting Santa Fe to take the time to visit this historic church.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • thetravelorganizer
    Tega Cay, South Carolina602 contributions
    Read up on the mystery of the San Jose bell
    According to oral history, The San Miguel Mission/Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, dates to 1610 – just 3 years after the first English settlement at Jamestown and 10 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. It’s worth familiarizing yourself with its history before your visit (which is free) even though docent history talks are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Of special interest is the mystery of the San Jose Bell just inside the front entrance which visitors are invited to sound.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • 2012natty
    Las Vegas, Nevada88 contributions
    Worth a trip
    This is the oldest Catholic Church in the US. Of the 3 churches I visited in Santa Fe (Loretto Chapel and the Basilica being the other 2), this was, by far, the most enjoyable. It reminded me of the style of the California Missions. The bell is from the 14th century. The docent was very informative. You can ring the bell, and, according to legend, you’ll be sure to return if you do. Self- guided tour and free.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 9, 2023
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2012natty
Las Vegas, NV88 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
This is the oldest Catholic Church in the US. Of the 3 churches I visited in Santa Fe (Loretto Chapel and the Basilica being the other 2), this was, by far, the most enjoyable. It reminded me of the style of the California Missions. The bell is from the 14th century. The docent was very informative. You can ring the bell, and, according to legend, you’ll be sure to return if you do. Self- guided tour and free.
Written October 10, 2023
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thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC602 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Couples
According to oral history, The San Miguel Mission/Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, dates to 1610 – just 3 years after the first English settlement at Jamestown and 10 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. It’s worth familiarizing yourself with its history before your visit (which is free) even though docent history talks are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Of special interest is the mystery of the San Jose Bell just inside the front entrance which visitors are invited to sound.
Written August 21, 2023
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SneakinDeacon
Christiansburg, VA1,484 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Friends
While the Nearby Loretto Chapel get most of the attention from Santa Fe Tourists, the San Miquel Chapel is truly an often-overlooked historic treasure. The small Chapel dates to 1610 and visitors today will see a small but beautiful sanctuary along with several Spanish Artifacts. You can also see the original sanctuary steps that date back to 1610. The steps and original foundation are visible through protective glass. San Miguel lays claim to being the Oldest Church in the United States that is still holding services. I would encourage anyone visiting Santa Fe to take the time to visit this historic church.
Written July 30, 2023
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Teresa C
16 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
A beautiful stop. The docent had so much knowledge of and love for this place that it was impossible not to be drawn into its rich history.
Written July 25, 2023
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Timothy H
Morton, IL23 contributions
Jul. 2023
This is definitely a place you want to stop and see. Oldest church in America. We were lucky to be there when the curator gave a talk on the history of this church and the Santa Fe region. Great place with a a lot of history!
Written July 9, 2023
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christine n
New York City, NY117 contributions
Jun. 2023
This is a lovely little chapel right in Santa Fe said to be the oldest church in the USA. It is worth a stop.
Written July 1, 2023
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA4,618 contributions
Aug. 2022
I liked everything about this church: its history, as the "oldest church in the U.S.," its small size/compactness, the artwork, its simplicity, the wood beams, and more. Probably, my favorite church in Santa Fe.
Written February 7, 2023
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Matt
Nashville, TN307 contributions
Oct. 2022
Oldest Church Structure in the USA? Why wouldn't you stop in? I was fortunate enough to stop by and was given an amazing tour by the staff at this location that walked me through the entire history and the church and the structure.

Just pop in and take a look if you like history and architecture.
Written October 30, 2022
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jamusaba
Florida379 contributions
Oct. 2022
Originally built in the 16th century as a mission church , it still contains a few centuries old oil paintings in the altar area and the original church bell which actually pre- dates the chapel. More recently the adjacent buildings were once converted as a boarding school for boys while the church chapel designated a national historic site. Highly recommended.
Written October 27, 2022
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Treker650
Kaysville, UT162 contributions
Oct. 2022
We were fortunate to have an excellent docent who shared so much history and fascinating stories about the chapel. We were also allowed to clang the church bell with a hammer, such beautiful tones. This is another must do when you are in Sant Fe!
Written October 16, 2022
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