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Santa Fe is a deeply religious city. Founded as the La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi (The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi), it's been a Catholic... Read More
Santa Fe is a deeply religious city. Founded as the La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi (The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi), it's been a Catholic stronghold for over 400 years. Some early settlers headed for the hills. Chimayó, on the High Road to Taos, is a small village with an important church. The Santuario de Chimayó was built to commemorate a miracle. Some believe that the dirt found in "el Pocito" (a tiny, candle-lit room to the side of the altar) is healing. This belief is so strong the town's been called the "Lourdes of North America." You can even take some of this tierra bendita (sacred earth) home with you. An annual Good Friday pilgrimage brings tens of thousands of people to this mountain hamlet. Also walk the Stations of the Cross down the hill.
15 Santuario Drive
Chimayo, NM 87522
- Sightseeing: "No trip to Chimayó is complete without visiting one of the weaving shops. The town is known for its distinctive weaving style passed down through generations. Also visit some of the town's shops and galleries and enjoy lunch at Rancho de Chimayó."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: The Sanctuario de Chimayó is part of local history. The reported healing miracles attract visitors from all over the world.