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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 4 days ago

I went to a (free!) classical chamber music concert here presented by some local musicians. It was in the late summer and in the evening, so not too hot outside, but it was still warm and a little stuffy inside (wear short sleeves!). It is...More

Thank Goldstarvw
Reviewed 5 days ago

History for sure in this original adobe walls and altar built by the Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico under direction of Franciscan Padres in 1610.

Thank Gerry R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The chapel wasn't open when my husband and I visited; although we saw a wedding party outside at one point, so we didn't get to see the inside. It's a short walk from the Plaza.

Thank sc1009
Reviewed 1 week ago

This old church is still in use today! Just a $1 admission fee, it is another suggested must visit, 15-30 minutes or so. There is much history here. Also, there is a gift shop with items that may interest you.

Thank GLowPetaluma
Reviewed 1 week ago

wow! yes it may be small but still being the oldest church in the US it has so much history. was great to see the original foundations of the church as well, at the altar, glass flooring lets you see the unearthed altar. The bell...More

Thank Alyce B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Want to visit the oldest church structure in the United States? You would probably assume such a place would be located somewhere in the eastern USA, but in fact this oldest church is in the American West. It’s San Miguel, located in the New Mexico...More

Thank Bryan_Carey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oldest church in the U.S continually in use - they still hold mass here. Small chapel, beautiful beamed ceilings, interesting to see. The famous bell of San Miguel is on display and you can use a rubber mallet to strike the bell and hear it's...More

Thank tlawrick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is worth a stop but I was surprised how very small it is. Of the three churches/chapel I visited in Old town Santa Fe it was my least favorite but I still was glad I visited. Admission was $1. For that price you should...More

Thank pdrocean
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good place to quickly stop. It is on the way to the Capital building and is interesting. It says it is the oldest church in the continental United States. They have done a good job of maintaining it as it blends well...More

1  Thank Jason Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this chapel for it's photographic possibilities. But go inside and see the altar too. It's the oldest continuously used chapel in the US. This August they hosted a quartet of musicians a couple of times when we were there.

Thank Fran G
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16 May 2016|
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Response from BearTraveler69 | Reviewed this property |
The church with the circular staircase is the Loretto Chapel.
Laura F
10 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
14 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.