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San Miguel Mission

Type: Sightseeing

Map / Directions 10Best Says

San Miguel Mission is the oldest church in the United States. It was originally built in the early 1600s by Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico under the direction of Franciscan Friars. It was destroyed...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Mission & Gift Shop: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9am-4pm
  • Mass
  • Contact for Specific Dates and Times

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Free; Donations Requested

  • Sightseeing: "Before you leave, ring the brass bell suspended from a wooden structure with the hammer provided. No one knows how old this bell is. The bell is inscribed with a date that some believe is 1356 and others believe is 1856."
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: San Miguel Mission, the oldest church in the USA, is a great example of early New Mexican church architecture.

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